September 29, 2020
By Lisa L. Colangelo
When a new residential treatment center for women opened in Brentwood earlier this year, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there was little time to celebrate.
The much-needed resource for women battling substance abuse was busy with its first residents and a ribbon cutting planned for March was delayed while staff from the Outreach Development Corporation hunkered down with residents in temporary quarantine.
“(Outreach) did not stop during the pandemic,” Arlene González-Sánchez, commissioner of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), said Tuesday after the long-delayed opening celebration. “They said ‘We are going to open. We are going to take women.’ And that was when you really needed it.”
The facility can house up to 25 women, offering them group counseling, case management, life skills and parenting skills in a comfortable environment.
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