July 02, 2009

State agencies partner on prison-based addiction services

Leaders of New York’s drug treatment and criminal justice systems today announced a collaboration on behind the walls addiction services that will serve as a blueprint for the future under Rockefeller Drug Reform.

The New York State Department of Correctional Services’ (DOCS) Willard Drug Treatment Campus in Seneca County is launching a new phase of the corrections-based drug treatment readiness program, in collaboration with the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the Division of Parole (DOP), to enhance addiction services “behind the walls” to parolees as part of the Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms signed this year by Governor David A. Paterson...

...Andrea Evans, Chairwoman of the NYS Board of Parole and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Division of Parole said, “Substance abuse is one of the greatest barriers to successfully completing parole. The program here at Willard is an opportunity to help the addicted choose sobriety and in doing so eliminate the behaviors that often result in criminal activity and a return to prison. This program is a proactive way to protect public safety by stopping crime before it happens."

Full Press release is available here.