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Competitors for the Narrowsburg School speak

June 16, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — This week The River Reporter received press releases from both parties that have placed bids to purchase the old Narrowsburg Central School from the Sullivan West School District. We print these statements here for your perusal.

Press Release from Changes Treatment and Recovery, Inc. (6/16/14)
Recognizing the need for additional services to address the problem of addiction in Sullivan County, Changes Treatment and Recovery, Inc., a tax-paying, for-profit program, seeks to open an inpatient treatment facility at the former Narrowsburg School building. Changes currently operates a successful inpatient program in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with a 30-bed facility offering programs for partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programming. The program planned for the vacant school building includes medical offices, meeting rooms and inpatient facilities for approximately 30 to 40 clients. Clients do not live long-term at the facility; once they have completed the program, they return home.

Subject to review by the Tusten Planning Board, this project will provide employment for professionals, para-professionals and staff at wages reflective of their education, training and skills in the long run and for construction and related building trades in the short run.

In addition, the facility will be paying taxes and supporting the local businesses in the area.

Changes is a family-owned-and-operated facility, and we have elected to remain small and intimate, allowing us the ability to provide individualized care and personal attention to each client. We strongly believe this approach distinguishes us from other facilities and is one of the many reasons why Changes has achieved, and is still achieving, a high success rate of recovery, maintained abstinence and satisfaction from participants and their families.

We believe the former school building is ideal for this program. Architect, David Wieboldt, who among his projects counts the New Hope Manor Treatment Center, will be working with us on this project, joining Martin S. Miller, an attorney in Sullivan County, who has extensive land-use experience, which includes an inpatient addiction treatment facility. We have also met with Joe Todora, the commissioner of mental health, in regard to our licensing in New York.