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St. Joseph’s opens new Keeseville site

St. Joseph’s CEO Bob Ross talks with Essex County Mental Health Services Director Steve LaValley.

St. Joseph’s CEO Bob Ross talks with Essex County Mental Health Services Director Steve LaValley. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers has opened a fourth site here to help serve Essex County residents.

The grand opening of its Keeseville facility June 13 joins with centers currently located in Ticonderoga and Elizabethtown along with the headquarters in Saranac Lake.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to be in the Keeseville area,” St. Joseph’s CEO Bob Ross said. “We want to be able to support those who need the services while not having them travel any farther than they need to, which will help them make a bigger commitment to success as they pursue their recovery.”

“This really is in perfect keeping with the priorities that we have as a county with our local services plan,” Essex County Mental Health Director Steve LaValley said. “This is a chance to bring the services to the people and make them more accessible, which is a great thing for all of us.”

Ross said that St. Joseph’s was helped by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in opening and operating the new facility.

“When you are dealing with a rural area like this, 10 to 15 miles can be a major hurdle for someone who may have lost their drivers license or cannot transport themselves,” OASAS Project Manager Dominic Commisso said. “This meets the need to centralize treatment and it gives Essex County a good blanket for the services.”

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