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Brentwood drug rehab center to open in 2018, officials say

A new $4.6 million drug-rehabilitation facility in Brentwood means more hope and help for Long Island women looking for a fresh start, state and local officials said at its groundbreaking.

The Women’s Community Residence Addiction Treatment Center being built on the premises of Outreach House on Crooked Hill Road is critical to saving and improving the lives of those struggling with addiction, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said before the facility’s groundbreaking on Friday.

The treatment center, scheduled to open in spring 2018, will have 25 residential beds for adult women, recreational space and state-of-the-art clinical and treatment program areas, according to a news release from Cuomo’s office.

It is expected to serve women from Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as other parts of the state.

Kathleen Riddle, president of Outreach, said the center would give women a temporary home to cultivate skills, including expertise in parenting and daily living.

“In order for many women to become self-sufficient, they need a caring and structured living environment, comprehensive case management services, and the parenting and daily life skills training that a community residence can provide,” Riddle said. “Residents will live in a supervised, safe and supportive environment where they will acquire the skills necessary to live as independently as possible.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who co-chairs the governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, said, “By expanding treatment capacity in Brentwood, this new center will help women across Long Island begin a new chapter in their life.”

Cuomo said the women’s center and a new adolescent clubhouse opened recently in Freeport — New York’s first bilingual adolescent substance-use-disorder clubhouse — are vital tools in his administration’s fight against addiction.

The clubhouse, at 46 Pine St., is run by HELP Services Inc. and works with Spanish-speaking youths ages 12 to 17 in need of services, including peer-support activities, group discussions and events to help maintain a sober and substance-free lifestyle, the news release said.

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