An organization that serves people suffering from addiction in both Greene and Columbia counties received $1.1 million in federal funds to expand its services in Greene County rural and mountain areas.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the rollout of $25.2 million in federal funding to expand state and local efforts to help those facing heroin addiction and reverse what has been called an epidemic in the country.
The funding was awarded to the state Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services earlier this year, through the Opioid State Targeted Response grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Opioid addiction devastates the lives of afflicted New Yorkers and their families, and it is critical that we continue to fight against this epidemic,” Cuomo said. “With this funding, we can offer expanded services and offer support to New Yorkers dealing with substance abuse, putting them on the road to recovery and helping to build a stronger, healthier Empire State for all.”
The governor’s office targeted $16 million to treatment and recovery service providers in 16 counties the office labeled as high needs across the state, including Greene County.
Twin County Recovery Services, which serves residents of both counties, is set to receive $1.1 million in federal funding, while the rest of the money going to the mid-Hudson region will go to Sullivan and Orange counties.
Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Twin County Recovery is a great organization to receive this money.
“Twin County has a long record in the area and is a great agency,” Groden said. “We cannot deny there is an epidemic, though I am often challenged to explain why there is an epidemic. But Twin County will be able to do a great job because they do not have to start from scratch. They are already established here.”
The purpose of the money is to help expand Twin…