ORISKANY – The Oneida County Jail is set to receive $200,000 to help fund substance use disorder treatment and transition services, state Sen. Joseph Griffo announced Tuesday.
The money is part of $3.75 million that was secured in the 2018-19 state budget by the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, which Griffo is a member of.
Griffo says county jails that offer treatment services have seen significant benefits, such as decreased recidivism rates and cost savings.
"We should do all that we can to help those who have - or could be at risk for - a substance use disorder, including those individuals who may find themselves in jails across the state,” Griffo said in a news release. “By providing substance use disorder treatment and transition services in our local jails, we offer a better opportunity for those individuals to get help and to potentially save lives. I am hopeful that this funding will benefit those who may find themselves in a harmful situation due to substance use."
Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol says that one of the most difficult things he deals with is the opioid crisis.
“We have countless inmates coming into the jail who are former and current users in need of treatment,” Maciol said in the news release. “Providing these services can be costly. I appreciate the Sen. Griffo’s efforts to help us get this funding, which will provide treatment and services to those who need it.”