The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County is set to open a state-of-the-art, 40-bed medically supervised withdrawal stabilization facility next month.
This pioneering Open Access center is the first of its kind in the Finger Lakes region, providing a critical addition to addiction treatment resources in the area.
It was an eight year process; and Executive Director Angela Sullivan said success came down to a desire to do right by the community and not give up. “I have such a tenacious team,” she said recalling that lengthy process, which included a pandemic in the middle. “We have an internal mantra of ‘We are going to do it, whatever it takes’.”
That grit, energy, and determination led to the buildout of this state-of-the-art facility.
Costing approximately $14.5 million, the project was made possible through capital funding from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Rapid Expansion program, Tompkins County, and Care Compass Network. The project also includes workforce and technology investments.
Holt Architects and Welliver, the project’s general contractor, collaborated to develop the 19,000-square-foot facility, which is situated on 2.65 acres of land in the Village of Lansing.
The new center aims to offer a safe, accessible, and stigma-free environment for individuals with substance use disorders from Tompkins and surrounding counties. Trained staff at the facility will work with each patient to determine the level of care best suited to their needs. Human service agency partners and peer advocates will further support a continuum of care, addressing the public health crisis of addiction more holistically.
ADC is actively seeking to fill various positions at the new facility. Those interested in pursuing a fulfilling career in healthcare are encouraged to visit alcoholdrugcouncil.org/employment for more information about available positions.
The Open Access facility signifies a significant step forward in combating addiction in the Finger Lakes region, meeting people where they are and providing a valuable resource for those in need of comprehensive, compassionate care.