WHEATFIELD – The state’s first residential substance abuse rehabilitation center meant exclusively for young adults opened Wednesday in Wheatfield.
Horizon Health Services cut the ribbon on Delta Village, a 25-bed facility on its campus on Lockport Road.
Paige K. Prentice, Horizon vice president of operations, said the facility is intended for patients 18 to 28 years old.
“The rationale is 100 percent because of the opiate epidemic, which has really affected people 18 to 30,” Prentice said.
The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services provided a $776,000 grant, which Prentice said paid for all of the construction and part of the treatment expense for the facility.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement that the aid to Horizon’s project is part of carrying out his pledge to add 270 treatment beds and 2,335 opioid treatment slots statewide.
“Today marks an important moment for those battling substance abuse,” said State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, co-chairman of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.
“Horizon’s new 25-bed facility signifies a way out for individuals who now have an opportunity to get off a waiting list and break the cycle of addiction.”
Delta Village is located beside the 50-bed Horizon Village, a drug rehab facility for adults, and the 25-bed Freedom Village, which offers rehab services targeted at military veterans.
Prentice said another 25-bed facility for adults is on the drawing board, projected to open next year at the Wheatfield site.
Delta Village adds about 20 jobs to Horizon’s Wheatfield workforce, bringing the total to about 70.
Prentice said residential treatment is not the same as inpatient treatment.
“Inpatient lasts seven to 28 days. Residential can be for a few months,” she said.
Prentice said a recent change in state law allowed Medicaid and private health insurers to cover residential treatment, which they couldn’t do before.
Horizon now can try to convince insurers that paying for long-term residential treatment is necessary in some cases.
“Before, it was just ‘no,’ ” Prentice said.
Potential clients can try to check themselves in by calling 716-831-2700, or they can be referred by doctors, hospitals, attorneys or courts.