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Steuben County to distribute opioid settlement funds to four local agencies

The Steuben County Legislature will disperse $678,000 in Opioid Settlement Funds to four local agencies providing services for those struggling with substance abuse.

The funds are from a class action lawsuit filed against opioid manufacturers by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Steuben County residents who have suffered from “pharmaceutical malfeasance” will receive support through the county Office of Community Sevices (OCS), Catholic Charities, the Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee and the Corning Youth Center.

The Legislature is expected to approve the funds at its Monday, August 22 meeting, according to a release.

OCS will hire two additional social workers and peer support will be provided through a collaboration between OCS and Catholic Charities.

Part-time counseling and support services will be provided through the Corning Youth Center.

The Steuben County Legislature will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Steuben County Annex at 20 East Morris Street in Bath.

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Other legislative action on Monday’s agenda includes:

  • Authorizing a Contingency Fund transfer to the Public Works Highway Budget to cover the increased cost of fuel;
  • Accepting $300,000 from Round 3 of the Septic System Replacement Fund Program;
  • Authorizing $160,000 in Unrestricted American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The meeting is open to the public. Join via teleconference at:

Meeting ID: 896 5492 7716

Passcode: Steuben1

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