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Preston, Harder Outline Sheriff Assisted Recovery Initiative

Binghamton, NY – – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Broome County Sheriff David Harder, members of the Broome County Legislature, Fairview Recovery Services, United Health Services and the Broome Opioid Addiction Council to outline details of the new Sheriff Assisted Recovery Initiative.

“This is another tool in our belt to help people in our community who suffer from addiction,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We are proud to work with the Sheriff and other community agencies to provide this program.”

The program will allow people looking for help to either go to the Sheriff’s Office or contact them at 778-1911, extension 1.  The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Sheriff’s Office will then transport the person to either the Addiction Crisis Center on Court Street in Binghamton or United Health Services Hospitals located at 10-42 Mitchell Avenue in Binghamton.

“We will transport the individual free of charge.  They can either come to the Sheriff’s Office, or we will pick them up at their residence in Broome County,” says Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

The Sheriff’s Office will also contact a 12 step volunteer to accompany and/or wait with the individual suffering from substance abuse disorder if desired.

“We have a number of trained and talented volunteers to help in any way possible,” says Alan Wilmarth, Administrative Director Behavioral Health at United Health Services. “We are very happy to team up with the County Executive and the Sheriff on this initiative.”

The Sheriff’s Office has been working with the County Executive’s office and members of the Broome Opioid Abuse Council for several months to get this program started.

“We feel it’s important to have as many options as possible for people seeking help in our community,” says Preston.  “This program continues our mission to help people fight the disease of drug addiction.”

“This was not something that we could just start overnight,” Harder says.  “We wanted to make sure we had all of our bases covered before we launched this program.”

 

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03/30/2016 - 4:31pm