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[UPDATE] Peekskill Officials to Submit Final Paperwork for Methadone Clinic Court Battle

The moves comes as Peekskill officials continue their fight in the courts over the opening of the Renaissance Project's methadone clinic proposal 3 Corporate Dr.

 

Update, 3:30 p.m: The following was released by the City of Peekskill.

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"The last of the legal paperwork related to the Article 78 proceeding against the Planning Commission will be submitted to the courts by Feb. 26," says Melanie Rener, a spokeswoman for the City of Peekskill.  "The City does not expect a legal decision on this action for four to six weeks and will comment at that time."

Editor's Note: The following was submitted by the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. If you would like to post your news to Patch, click here.

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center has received state approval to close the doors of its methadone clinic.

In a February 1 letter from New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the hospital received approval to shut down the program it has run since 1979 and to “cease admissions upon receipt of the letter to minimize the number of patient transfers in the months leading up to the last date of service.”

“This is nothing to celebrate as this was not our plan to halt services. Our plan was to keep the services going for what is a much needed service for this community,” said John C. Federspiel, President, Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “We proudly operated it for over 30 years, and it took five years to find a qualified partner but only one year for the City of Peekskill to put a halt to the service. It is really a shame that the City has shown this level of bias towards these patients.”

 Last summer, Hudson Valley Hospital Center entered into an agreement with the Renaissance Project to take over the management of its outpatient methadone clinic. Currently located in trailers in the rear of the hospital, the clinic treats about 230 multi-addicted patients annually with nine employees. Renaissance located a site for the service in an industrial park off Highland Avenue. 

Renaissance received planning board approval to move forward with the relocation of the service. but the City Council sued its own planning board to stop the move. The hospital had hoped by now to transfer management of the service and was required to develop a closure plan which it submitted. The closure notification comes as part of that plan.

The hospital is working to find positions for the nine employees who work in the service as well as locations for care for the patients. There are five other treatment programs in Westchester and one in Newburgh. According to the closure plan, the last day of service is anticipated to be July 6. 

Despite the great quality of the service as demonstrated by third party surveyors such as the Joint Commission, Department of Health and OASAS, reimbursement has not nearly covered the cost of the program for many years. The hospital did request enhanced funds to continue to cover operational costs but was denied.

Federspiel said the hospital continues to expand its health services on the hospital campus and the competition for on-site space is very strong.

The Renaissance Project was recommended to the hospital by Westchester County officials. The not for profit organization is fully licensed and its mission is the professional treatment of those affected by substance abuse.

Jeana Smyth April 14, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I know...the part where she said "I can stay here all day and watch TV and get high" or something to that effect, really stood out to me. The only way she is going to hit bottom is if her father stops enabling her. How can she go to the ATM and take out $100 dollars for dope when she doesnt even have a job? He really needs to set clear boundaries with her. Like...you have two weeks to be in treatment or you have to get out. She might die out there, but she will definitely die if he allows her to remain there and continue using drugs. Yes, years ago I remember the clinic being in the heart of Peekskill....but I wasnt on it yet. When I got on, the clinic had just moved to the hospital.
Jeana Smyth April 14, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Didnt I just hear something on the news about some celebrity going to a rehab in the Hamptons? Years ago, Renaissance Project had a storefront in Yorktown Heights, in the old high school where the museum and senior center is now. I think the reason they want to open it in Peekskill might also have to do with the fact that there is a need for one in Peekskill, Or, perhaps they cannot afford a building in Yorktown Heights or Scarsdale right now, although I am sure both towns have plenty of addicts, Just a thought......(One more thing, we are NOT undesirable!)
Wendy Kelly April 14, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Thanks Jeana for this previous post much needed. Babygirl, I agree with what you are saying but I think you would make more of an impact if you left out the curse words. I hear that you are angry, but when you lose your temper, you are giving people ammunition to use against you. It gives them the chance to say "See? those methadone patients are no good!" Try to listen to their side also. They have fears, some of them are based in reality, although I think many, maybe even most are not. I dont see the clinic as a threat to anyones way of life. I think the clinic is a good thing and a helpful thing. It saved my life. But shouting, cursing, name calling (that both sides are guilty of!) isnt going to solve the problem. Its too bad we couldnt all get together with a mediator and discuss this problem further. We are all part of a community. We have to live and work together. Lets all respect one another! I was addicted to nicotine and until I realized my health was at risk I probably would have kept smoking. I stopped cold turkey when I was in my early 20's never picked up another and care never to.
Wendy Kelly April 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM
http://www.lohud.com/article/20130414/NEWS/304140083/Cops-2-women-survive-suspected-heroin-overdose-Croton-Hudson Croton Monday's Journal News.
Wendy Kelly April 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM
http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304150116 http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304150107 I have been told by experts only 1 out of 10 substance abusers come clean having stayed at a drug rehab center.

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