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State: Farnham Family Services opens opioid-treatment center in Oswego

By Eric Reinhardt


Farnham Family Services, located at 283 W. 2nd St. in Oswego, has added an opioid-treatment program to its facility. The organization used nearly $543,000 in funding from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to renovate its Oswego office to add the program. (Photo credit: Farnham Family Services website)

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Farnham Family Services is now operating an opioid-treatment program (OTP) at its facility in Oswego.

The program provides medication-assisted treatment slots for up to 100 people with an opioid addiction, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) said in a news release. OASAS awarded Farnham Family Services nearly $543,000 to renovate its existing facility to add the OTP.

Farnham Family Services used the new funding to renovate its facility with new exam rooms, a dosing room, and expansion of the waiting room to accommodate the new OTP.

The new clinic in Oswego is co-located within Farnham Family Services’ existing facility, which provides additional substance-use disorder services including outpatient treatment, counseling, and peer support. The clinic is located at 283 West 2nd St. in Oswego.

It will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, as early as 7 a.m. so that people can receive treatment dosages before going to work or other appointments.

“Opioid-treatment programs are a critical component of Gov. Cuomo’s multi-prong approach to addressing the opioid crisis,” Arlene González-Sánchez, OASAS commissioner, said in the agency’s release. “The new center in Oswego will help many people in Central New York get the help they need to overcome addiction and reclaim their lives.”

Established in 1971, Farnham Family Services is a state licensed, nonprofit organization. It works to help people with substance use and behavioral-health disorders by providing “high quality, recovery oriented and strengths-based outpatient treatment and prevention services that are available to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties,” according to its website.

Besides its office in Oswego, Farnham Family Services also operates an office in Fulton, according to the nonprofit’s website.

Medication-assisted treatment

OASAS currently provides more than 42,000 OTP slots statewide to deliver medication-assisted treatment to people suffering from addiction.

Medication-assisted treatment is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies in the treatment of substance-use disorders.

Research indicates that a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is “most successful” when treating substance-use disorders, OASAS contends.

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