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Steuben Legislature approves pilot program to combat Substance Use Disorder

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A new tool in combating substance use disorder in Steuben County will be available on a limited basis, thanks to the county Legislature’s approval Monday of a $10,000 pilot program.

The pilot program will provide 10 volunteers enlisted through the county Office of Community Services with “Fitbit Health Solutions” wearable devices. The devices allows clients and providers to monitor the patient’s activity, heart rate, sleep patterns, and oxygen levels, thus indicating behaviors that trigger substance use.

The data helps providers identify the need for early intervention and suggests necessary pharmacological changes, while empowering the patient to take control of their recovery, providing better treatment outcomes in the short and long term, according to the company’s webpage. In other action Monday, legislators:

  • Approved the expenditure of $2 million from the county’s Landfill fund balance to enable continued service at the county Landfill on Turnpike Road in Bath. The action allows for construction of new calls at the landfill on approximately 10 acres and includes support facilities such as stormwater drainage, leachate conveyance and landfill gas collection.
  • Appropriated Opioid Settlement Funds for the purchase of a 15-Lead AED for the Sheriff’s Office. The department is one of the few in the state to train deputies as emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

The grant allows eligible local governments to provide funds for housing, economic development, public facilities, public infrastructure and planning activities, with the principal purpose of benefiting low/moderate income people.

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