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Ulster County program will provide respite housing for those entering or leaving treatment

Jul 04, 2021 5:30 am

The Daily Freeman is reporting Ulster County will allocate $80,000 through a partnership with Family of Woodstock to administer housing vouchers for local hotel stays for people entering or leaving substance-abuse treatment, according to County Executive Pat Ryan. The housing vouchers are intended to help anyone successfully entering treatment or returning to the community after successfully completing treatment, Ryan’s office said. Residents will be allowed up to two weeks of respite housing. Ryan said the program is needed for people struggling with addiction while the county continues to invest in building long-term housing capacity. He said, “We are proud to partner with Family of Woodstock to make sure that residents have a roof over their heads as they prepare for their next steps of recovery treatment.” Ulster County’s High Risk Mitigation Team is a collaboration between the county sheriff’s ORACLE program, Samadhi, Catholic Charities, People USA, Ellenville Regional Hospital, and the county Health and Mental Health Department. The Behavioral Health Task Force has identified a lack of respite housing in Ulster Co. for people who are ready to enter treatment, but need a safe place to stay for a few days while they wait for their placement. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.