DANSVILLE — It has been a long time coming for area residents who struggle with addiction, but the Dansville Residential Treatment Center is almost here.
On Aug. 8 the CASA Trinity, community members, state and local officials came out for a groundbreaking ceremony at 45 Maple Street. The new facility is scheduled to be open and providing services in January 2019. There will be an additional 20 staff members hired for this location.
CASA Trinity CEO Ann Domingos thanked everyone for coming to an event two years in the making.
“This is an amazing beginning. We have been working on this project for about two years now,” she said. “Finally in the last few weeks we have been able to get started on it. Good things take time. I want to thank everyone for joining us as we begin this remarkable journey to provide a residential treatment program to the residents in Livingston County.
“This program fills a gap in services that has been needed for far too many years. Many of us have hoped that such a program could come to this county and fill this need,” Domingos continued. “The program will provide up to 25 individuals at a time with a higher level of care they haven’t been able to have, and we have not been able to provide in our outpatient programs. Participants in this program will live here. They will receive stabilization and ongoing support such as medical care and counseling.”
Domingos said the organization is grateful to New York State Offices for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services for providing an amazing grant to expand their services. She also thanked Livingston County Officials and Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt.
“We are profoundly aware of the addiction epidemic that is sweeping our country, county, and state. We are seeing more patients than ever before. This new service will provide lifesaving care. CASA Trinity has provided prevention, education, treatment referral and recovery services since 1974,” she said. “This new program will continue to achieve our mission, and provide high quality and accessible treatment to individuals and families. This new service will give individuals the tools they need to change their lives. They will be on the path to recovery.”
Domingos said that a lot of great partners have been working with them to make this dream a reality for so many people.
“This is my entire life’s work. I couldn’t be happier,” she said. “We will be able to help so many more people.”
Vogt talked about the importance of community, and what this will provide for the Dansville area.
“It takes a community to bring us along. This facility here will help to tighten the thread, and give us hope,” he said. “There is no question that addiction is a serious problem these days. We can’t ignore it. This is going to be an opportunity to right a lot of issues that have afflicted us. Ann thank you very much for your project. We look forward to an actual date when the doors open.”
Michele Anuszkiewicz, Livingston County Community Service director, talked about the overflow of the drug addiction in the area.
“It is a problem in our country, it is a problem in New York, and it is a problem in Livingston County,” she said. “I am so proud and so happy of the work CASA has done. I am so proud of what Dansville has done to allow the very first treatment apartment program in the county.”
Jim Culbertson, Sen. Catharine Young’s Office read a letter from the senator. In it she is incredibly proud of the community for opening their doors to those who need it most. She hopes this place will be a beacon for those suffering from addiction.
Alexis Ogra, of Assemblyman Joe Errigo’s Office, talked about how everyone knows someone who has or is suffering from addiction.
“There isn’t someone I have met who has doesn’t know family, friends, or coworkers who have suffered from this epidemic,” she said. “This will keep people off the streets, and out of jail. It will give them back the lives that addiction so wrongfully took away.”
Brent Dickerson, CASA Trinity employee, said that he started working for the organization after it saved him from addiction.
“I love the new facility. I think it is the missing link. We can provide a detox, outpatient care, and inpatient care,” he said. “We can walk people through the recovery they need. We go from detox, to outpatient, to inpatient, and back into the community.”
Dickerson said that, being a recovering addict himself, he wanted to help others.
“I found a way to achieve sobriety. I wanted to help others do the same,” he said. “I wanted to help others, because this place saved my life.”
John Pritchard, CASA Peer Recovery Specialist, said that it will be great for him to have his own office and help a lot more people.
“I really love the new facility. What is great about this program is that so many referrals, but this place will be able to provide them with inpatient care,” he said. “I once struggled with addiction, and this is my way of giving back.”
The peer service program really has been groundbreaking in itself for the last couple years. It allows a more in depth way of fighting the addiction. It provides people struggling with some hope in knowing they to can fight this addiction.
“The counselors and educators have designed the journey, but we are the ones who take their hand and let them know we walked this journey too,” he said. “I hope that I can help one person, and they in turn will help 10 people, and they will help another 10 people, so it will create a ripple effect that is limitless.”