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Evergreen Health Receives Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic

$25,000 for the organization to expand services and programs

Mike Baggerman
August 11, 2017 - 3:33 pm
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Evergreen Health Services received a $25,000 grant from New York State to expand its programs and services to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The grant was announced by State Senator Chris Jacobs, who is the co-chair of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

"Here in New York State and Western New York we know this severe epidemic is a full blown health crisis," Jacobs said. "It is a crisis that is nationwide in proportion."

Jacobs talked about Evergreen's effort to teach the senator about the details of the issue.

"When this opportunity for funding came about I thought, first and foremost, of Evergreen as a worthy recipient and one I know that will utilize these resources to make a difference in our community."

The organization plans on using the money to help its clients on the path toward recovery. It will help support Evergreen's Medication Assisted Treatment program, which uses medications to assist people on the path to sobriety. Those medications are used with counseling to treat substance use and prevent opioid overdose, according to a release by the senator.

"This past March we opened our 35,000 square foot expansion at 206 South Elmwood," Ray Ganoe, the President & CEO of Evergreen Association said. "We were bursting at the seams and needed more space to keep up with our ever-expanding programs and services and the growing number of clients we serve. The expansion has tripled our capacity."

Emma Fabian, Director of Substance Use Health Policy for Evergreen Association, said all patients are unique and deserve the right to health care services they need.

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