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Treatment groups step up to fill the gap as ADDS is shutting down

Treatment organizations are stepping up to provide a continuity of care for clients of Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, which will be ending operations today.

ADDS, which has provided local drug and alcohol treatment services for more than 25 years, has financial problems and is losing is operating license and service contract, according to the office of Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

The agency reportedly has severe cash flow problems compounded by high debt, and recently laid off a number of employees. Representatives of ADDS could not be reached to comment Monday.

Horizon Village, the in-patient arm of Horizon Health Services, announced Monday it will take over operation of Terrace House, 291 Elm St., which has 28 detox beds and 43 inpatient rehabilitation beds.

“Our intention is to keep the staff there – we would love to have them, and all will be offered continued employment,” said Christina Pearl, spokeswoman for Horizon. “Also, those employees recently let go are encouraged to reapply for their jobs through us.”

ADDS also operates adolescent treatment programs at its Renaissance House campus, 920 Harlem Road, and two adult half-way house treatment centers: Ivy House, 2025 Broadway, and Casa Di Vita, 200 Albany St.

Erie County’s Office of Mental Health is coordinating with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to keep those facilities open, according to Peter Anderson, spokesman for Poloncarz.

In an email message, Anderson said the goal is to prevent any loss of services “for the people needing them, primarily clients of the outpatient clinic who are currently being triaged to other service providers ... The hope is to make this as seamless a transition as possible.”

According to Pearl, the board of directors of Kids Escaping Drugs will be taking over the operating certificates for the Renaissance campus, at least temporarily, to prevent it from being shut down.

Cazenovia Manor, a residential recovery organization based in South Buffalo, has been approached to keep the two residential recovery facilities open for now, she said.

Horizon expects to operate the Elm Street facility for at least three months, continuing the detox program and using its full 31-bed capacity for rehab.

“This is something that we at Horizon Health Services feel strongly that we could do successfully,” Anne Constantino, Horizon president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “These services are vital resources in Western New York and we are committed to assuring that they remain available.”

Horizon Health Services manages 17 outpatient treatment sites in Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties for mental health and chemical dependency treatment, along with Horizon Village, a 50-bed inpatient facility in Niagara County, and a new 25-bed veterans facility on the same property.

“Right now we have a waiting list of 92 people at Horizon Village,” Pearl said. “The need for these services is greater than ever. We’ve wanted to expand to more beds in Western New York – that’s why we are so determined to make sure these [ADDS] beds remain available.”


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