Purchase pending over property for drug treatment clinic

Despite contention over its close location to a school and a church, plans are moving ahead for a drug treatment clinic in the city to aid those battling drug addiction.

On Monday, the nonprofit community service provider Acacia Network announced it will be entering the city of Dunkirk as a contract of sale is in place on property located at 51 E. Third St. The closure of the sale is pending, however.

Clients are expected to be admitted beginning mid-September, according to Acacia Network. The clinic would be run by United Hispanics of Buffalo, a health care, housing, and social services provider of Western New York for over 27 years. Acacia Network is the parent company of HUB.

For several years, the building at the corner of Park Avenue and Third Street housed personalized recovery-oriented services. Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council currently provides prevention services at the location, which are funded by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

The property was up for sale for more than six months, and it struck the interest of Acacia in order to continue growth into communities that need behavioral health care and substance abuse services. Acacia Network and HUB have run a clinic in a residential area in Buffalo for several years.

Recently, a meeting was held between the leadership of HUB and parents of Northern Chautauqua Catholic School who had a number of questions and concerns about the clinic and its close proximity. Acacia Network says it understands and knows the concerns that were shared at the meeting and is poised to address all in the spirit of partnership and collaboration.

“With each and every entry into any community or affiliation, we listen to what the community needs and address these needs in the best way possible, while still fulfilling our mission to partner with our community, lead change, and promote healthy and prosperous individuals and families,” said Raul Russi, CEO of the Acacia Network, the parent company of Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo (HUB). “With the continued rise in overdose-related deaths in New York state, Acacia’s vision is to expand our proven model into each and every corner of the state where there is a need.”