Samaritan Daytop Village has been awarded a $4 million grant to upgrade services at its Huntington Station facility.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi, D-Glen Cove, announced the federal grant, from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Monday at a press conference.
Two teens and the mother of a third individual who have benefited from the site’s services were among those who spoke about the battle to overcome their addictions and the ways in which Daytop Village has helped them.
The two-year grant will allow Daytop Village to more than double the number of people it can service, increase the space available for counseling, treatment and education, and add more workers.
“We can treat the whole person here,” Samaritan Daytop Village president and chief executive Mitchell Netburn said.
“Many of the problems we face come back to alcohol, drug and mental health problems,” Suozzi said.
He commended the staff of Daytop Village workers, noting the ups and downs the professionals experience in trying to help the addicted.
Samaritan Daytop Village, which has more than 50 facilities throughout New York State, provides an array of comprehensive services including substance use treatment, mental health and primary health care, specialized programs for military veterans, vocational and employment services, shelter and transitional housing, and services for seniors. Their Suffolk Outpatient Treatment Program in Huntington Station also maintains Daytop Preparatory School, a registered non-public school with transferable credits and state-certified teachers.