Dinowitz Speaks at Legislative Breakfast in Rochester
Pictured, top row (left to right): Carl Hatch, President of Region II CASAS;
John Coppola, Executive Director of ASAP; Chris Wilkins, Vice President DePaul
Addiction Services; Marty Teller, Chair of Region II CASAS Public Policy Committee.
Bottom row: Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy; Assemblymen Dinowitz, David Koon
and Joe Errigo; and Jennifer Faringer, Vice President of Region II CASAS.
Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Faringer, Vice President of Region II CASAS; Deputy
Chief James Shepard, Rochester Police Department (RPD); Assemblyman Dinowitz;
Carl Hatch, President Finger Lakes CASAS; Sgt. Thomas Meehan, RPD.
Pictured are Assemblyman Dinowitz and DePaul Addiction Services President Chris Wilkins.
Assemblyman Dinowitz, Chairman of the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse,
delivered the keynote address at the annual Legislative Breakfast of the Region II
Consortium of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. In attendance along with
Assemblyman Dinowitz at the breakfast were Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy,
Assemblymembers David Koon, Susan John, and Joseph Errigo.
Assemblyman Dinowitz highlighted the successes of last year’s budget process,
such as restoring $3.1 million to New York City School Prevention Programs,
securing $300,000 for methamphetamine prevention and education, and enacting
comprehensive legislation into law to combat the use and manufacture of
He pointed out that adolescent treatment centers need funding to capture those
clients who do not meet Medicaid eligibility requirements and whose families cannot
afford treatment. There also needs to be compensation for expenses relating to
treatment centers complying with drug court mandates.
Assemblyman Dinowitz discussed the Governor’s proposed budget, particularly the
Office of Temporary Disability Assistance’s cut to the PNA allowance from $135 to
$45. He reiterated his concern about the methamphetamine problem, as all indicators
point toward New York being next in line to be hit hard by an increase in methamphetamine
use, and discussed the continued fight to secure more money for meth prevention and
The Assemblyman concluded by discussing the importance of addressing the issue of
co-occurring disorders. With a high percentage of clients having both addiction and mental
health problems it is essential for the field to effectively manage these clients to ensure the
best possible treatment outcomes.
Assemblyman Dinowitz toured the Crescent area of Rochester with Rochester Police
Department Deputy Chief James Shepard, who discussed the department’s police and
community-based initiatives in the Crescent. The Chief pointed out areas within the high
crime area where the department has made inroads in reducing crime. New housing has
brought stability and patrolling heavily those areas where crime is rampant has proven
He visited several treatment facilities around Rochester, including Cody House of East
House, a half-way house where male residents stay for four to six months. Clients
expressed the need to maintain the personal needs allowance which the Governor proposed
to be cut. They explained that this money is not wasted but is used for many essentials,
such as soap, toothpaste and public transportation.
He met with residents of Catholic Freedom House (CFH) and Liberty Manor. The CFH is a
6-month treatment program for 30 men, most of whom have hit rock bottom and have no
other place to turn to for help. Liberty Manor is also a six-month residential substance abuse
treatment program but is unique in its clientele. Liberty Manor has beds for 15 women and
5 preschool-aged children. It gives priority to pregnant women, who may continue treatment
after giving birth.
The next stop was an outpatient treatment program at Huther Doyle. The Assemblyman had
a chance to hear from clients who were part of the Intensive Outpatient Program, which meets
for three hours, three times a week, focusing on education of the disease/recovery process
and overcoming denial and identifying relapse triggers that have blocked recovery.
The last visit on the tour was DePaul Addiction Services, including its medically supervised
detox and inpatient rehabilitation center. DePaul also offers outpatient services and community
residential services; to help clients transition into the community, DePaul operates assisted
living apartments. The Assemblyman concluded the tour by presenting a check for $42,857.00
to DePaul’s President Chris Wilkins and staff for methamphetamine prevention and education