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Samaritan Daytop Village Awarded $4M SAMHSA Grant
(March 12, 2019 - Huntington, NY) Today, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D - Long Island, Queens) visited and toured Samaritan Daytop Village's Suffolk Outpatient Treatment Program in Huntington Station to announce that the organization has been awarded a $4 million federal grant over two years. The money will be used to expand the facility and to hire more staff.
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.
“The people at Samaritan Daytop Village are saving lives, plain and simple. Drugs, alcohol, and mental health issues are at the crux of what is plaguing our society today. We need to remove the stigma and treat these challenges as diseases. We are making progress, but more needs to be done. The good people at Samaritan Daytop Village are doing invaluable work to help our youth and their families recover, and we need them to do more of it. This grant will go a long way in ensuring that this work in our communitycontinues. This is a tough job with plenty of ups, and plenty of downs. Today, the announcement of this federal grant gives us great opportunity to celebrate the ups,” said Congressman Suozzi.
Congressman Suozzi was introduced and joined by Samaritan Daytop Village’s President and CEO, Mitchell Netburn. Netburn also introduced several students and a parent who spoke about their experiences at Samaritan Daytop Village. After the presentation, Netburn unveiled renderings of the work to be done at the facility and escorted the Congressman on a tour.
“For more than three decades, dedicated staff from the Samaritan Daytop Village Suffolk County Outpatient Clinic have been rolling up their sleeves to help the residents of this very diverse community. With an emphasis on recovery and wellness, and with unparalleled skill and compassion, our programs give Long Islanders the tools and knowledge not only to overcome complex mental health issues and substance use disorder, but to build productive and successful lives. We are deeply indebted to Congressman Tom Suozzi for his strong support of Samaritan Daytop Village and for championing the $4 million federal grant that will allow us to expand the life-saving services we provide here in Huntington Station,” said Mitchell Netburn President and CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village.
Expansion plans for the Suffolk Outpatient Treatment Program were unveiled at the press conference.
Congressman Tom Suozzi toured the Suffolk Outpatient Treatment Program, and visited with students at the agency's Daytop Preparatory School, which is located at the program.