DICKINSON (WBNG) -- A grand opening ceremony began at 10 a.m. Thursday at the new drug treatment center on Glenwood Road in the town of Dickinson.
"it's like a miracle happened," said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. Since 2016, has been hoping to use the former Broome Developmental Center as a Drug Treatment Facility.
In December 2017, the Broome County Legislature approved the facility at the former Broome Developmental Center.
The drug treatment facility, which will specialize in withdrawal management, will officially be open to help people fighting addiction on Friday, April 6.
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, it will include 50 Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization beds, also referred to as detox beds, and will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
On Friday, 25 of those 50 beds will be open for patients wanting treatment.
State Senator Fred Akshar, who represents the 52nd district, says while opening the facility is a big accomplishment, it doesn't stop there. "This is phase one. We need to get this off the ground. We need to ensure that this is functioning properly. We need to bring additional services and phase two online," said Akshar.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services is providing $1.5 million in annual funding for the program.
Syracuse Behavioral Health was selected as the facility operator through a Broome County Request for Proposals process.
Thursday's announcement was streamed live on our Facebook page and can be viewed below.