Hampden County Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi announced the launch of new recovery and wellness centers for opioid addiction in Springfield and Ludlow Wednesday morning.
Cocchi said the Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Centers of Springfield and Ludlow are a result of a partnership with the Department of Corrections, and years of work to stop the needless loss of life to addiction.
Cocchi said the program will allow Massachusetts residents from Worcester to west of the Berkshires who have been voluntarily committed for substance abuse under Section 35 to get detox and treatment.
The centers will void the need for western Massachusetts residents who meet the center’s criteria to take two to three-hour trips to eastern Massachusetts for addiction treatment.
Cocchi said the trips to eastern Massachusetts took those struggling with addiction far from their families and local support service agencies.
A housing unit in Hampden County Jail will be transformed into the Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Center of Ludlow.
The center will be a comprehensive detox and stabilization program and will be separate from those jailed for criminal activity.
Cocchi said the center will open in less than 30 days.
After detox and stabilization, the civilly committed participants will go to Stonybrook Springfield, which will be located at the Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center on Mill Street in Springfield.
At Stonybrook Springfield participants will be guided in “intense treatment and recovery” by certified specialists who Cocchi says will “guide their recovery back into the community.”
Cocchi said the center will be committed as long as it takes to help those struggling with addiction to lead healthy, drug-free lives in the community.