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The expansion of a central New York facility will allow it to treat more patients struggling with opioid addiction. 

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare was one of eight treatment centers in New York awarded state funding to expand treatment options and address the rise of heroin and opioid abuse. 

With more than $1.1 million in state funding, Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare opened a new program Monday to treat up to 250 patients who are addicted to opioids. The project included five dosing windows, several more exam rooms, a larger nursing station and an expanded waiting room and reception area. 

The facility, located 329 N. Salina St. in Syracuse, will be operated by Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare and located with its integrated outpatient clinic. It will be open six days a week — Monday through Saturday. 

The clinic will treat addicts using medication, including buprenorphine, methadone and vivitrol — drugs that are commonly used to treat opioid addiction. The facility will also offer counseling, recovery support and other services. 

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who attended an event Monday to announce the new program, touted Gov. Andrew Cuomo's efforts to combat the heroin epidemic across the state. 

"In my travels across New York state, I have seen first-hand the serious effect that addiction has on families, friends and neighbors of those addicted," Hochul said. "Governor Cuomo is leading the charge to combat the heroin and opioid crisis affecting our families by ensuring immediate access to the supports and services needed for a successful recovery."

Funding for the expansion was provided through the state's Rapid Treatment Expansion Capital Funding Grant program, which Cuomo unveiled in January. The initiative was created to support construction and operational assistance for drug treatment programs. 

Through the grant program, the state is aiming to open 80 new residential treatment beds and 600 new opioid treatment slots across New York. 

Jeremy Klemanski, president and CEO of Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, lauded the state for its support of the facility's efforts. 

"Thanks to this funding, we have been able to expand our capacity and provide substance disorder treatment to even more people," Klemanski said. 

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