Farnham gets $200,000 to open an opioid clinic in Auburn | Oswego County

OSWEGO COUNTY – Farnham Family Services, a treatment and prevention center for people with substance use disorder, has received a $200,000 state grant with which it will open a program opioid treatment center in Auburn.

According to Executive Director Eric Bresee, Farnham will also be opening a new Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in Mexico at its current clinic on Hamilton Street in a few weeks, “to better serve our more rural community here in Oswego County.” .

Farnham currently has four locations in Oswego County: Oswego, Fulton, Mexico and Pulaski, two of which, Oswego and Mexico, are OTPs. The new Auburn clinic will also be an OTP, a term, like many in the addiction treatment world, that has evolved since the early days.

“So the more modern term for methadone clinic is opioid treatment program or OTP,” Bresee said in a recent interview. “That’s the official name, but if you go back 15 or 20 years, they called them methadone clinics.”

The Oswego and Mexico OTPs are “integrated with our outpatient clinics,” Bresee said. They are not individual buildings separate from the main Farnham facility in each town or village. However, the Auburn site will only serve as an opioid treatment program.

“Cayuga County and Auburn currently lack drug treatment options for people with opioid use disorder, so this will fill that void,” Bresee said.

Bresee said Farnham had received other grants for their New Mexico OTP, “but this new grant funding is all about Auburn.”

He noted that Farnham will be hiring new employees to work at Auburn’s new location.

He expects OTP to be open by the end of this year.

The $200,000 grant is provided by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) to existing OTPs and is intended to establish new locations outside of their existing facilities.

These programs will help bring OTP services to currently underserved locations and continue to meet the ongoing need for treatment throughout New York State.

New Yorkers struggling with addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free 24/7 HOPEline. at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (short code 467369).

If individuals have experienced treatment-related insurance barriers or need assistance appealing a denied claim, contact the CHAMP Helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or by email at ombuds @oasas.ny.gov (mailto:[email protected]).

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