LI group: Suffolk budget lacks funds for addiction treatment

MELVILLE - A program that helps struggling addicts get clean is calling on Suffolk lawmakers to restore grant funding so it can continue its work. The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) has received a $35,000 grant for the past two years from Suffolk County. But the funds are not included in the county's new budget for the upcoming year. The group, which says it has helped 900 addicts so far this year, will be forced to lay off a social worker and cut several services without the county's help. The program's executive director, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, is urging Suffolk lawmakers to restore the funds so it can continue its heroin intervention and education programs.It was announced today that LICADD is set to receive a $20,000 grant from New York state to support its addiction services in Suffolk County.To watch an interview with Dr. Reynolds, click on News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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