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October 27, 2016
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Statements from Narrowsburg School bidders

At Changes we encourage our clients to accept responsibility for their recovery, and teach them how to regain their self-confidence, self-esteem and most importantly love and respect themselves once again. Successful treatments of drug addictions/alcoholism are rooted in the immersion of a group/community-based program as well as solid programs administered by a skilled, experienced, and empathetic staff.

In addition to the programs we currently have in Florida, we are implementing a GED prep program so those who want to continue their education can do so; we also work with our clients in regard to job placement, these offerings (and the cost for them) ARE NOT covered by insurance.

In regard to the Affordable Care Act: As of 2014, it has required plans to cover mental health, substance use disorder services and will be required to cover them at parity with medical and surgical benefits. See article http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/mental/rb_mental.pdf

We believe, our programs will provide a facility that offers a seamless continuum of care from the detox level of treatment to the outpatient setting. The owners and staff are committed to working with local non-profit/private drug and alcohol entities, community programs, schools and hospitals to form efficient collaborative efforts. We will be serving the families in our communities that recognize the need for help for their loved ones. Our goal is to enrich the lives of our clients and contribute to awareness of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Please join us in trying to fight this battle. Once you save a life, you never want to stop. It’s a wonderful feeling when you give a family back its child, its father, its mother, who might have died without the proper support. You can’t get a better reward than this.

Thank you.

Joan and Robert Buto

Statement of June 23 from Brendan and Kathy Weiden

It is now widely known that we were outbid in the competition for the Narrowsburg School Building. Our bid was $742,000 vs our competitors’ bid of $751,000; a difference of a mere 1.2%. Although the Sullivan West School District Administration and Board consistently referred, throughout the bidding process, to their “fiduciary duty” as appointed and elected decision makers, it saddens us to learn that they apparently believe such a duty allows them to be deaf to the interests of the residents of Narrowsburg, and the Town of Tusten, for the price of $9,000.
If ever there were two polar opposite views of the future of an important building, this is such a case.

As the largest building in the center of a small hamlet, the future of the Narrowsburg School building will drive the future of the Hamlet of Narrowsburg and the Town of Tusten. In a broader way, the School Board’s decision will affect all of the river communities on both sides of the Delaware.

We hope that all parties will come to the realization that there is an appropriate place within a town for different building functions. We hope that if the Butos are intent on bringing a drug and alcohol treatment facility to the Delaware Valley, that they operate it as the high-end residential-only facility they initially described in the media, and that they find a location where their business can flourish for their personal benefit, and yet be a positive economic force for the benefit of their neighbors in Tusten and Narrowsburg.

We continue to look forward to the day when the Hamlet of Narrowsburg can take pride in the use of an important building that both respects the building’s past, and provides opportunities for full time and part time residents to come together in pursuit of education, recreation and business, and for community gatherings.