New York County Law
Sec. § 396-H
Powers of the Authority


The authority, by and through its board, shall have the following functions, powers and duties:

1.

To coordinate and assist in activities in the county relating to drug control;

2.

To establish in-patient and out-patient treatment facilities for persons addicted to the use of drugs and drug abusers. Such facilities shall include, but shall not be limited to:

a.

detoxification centers and clinics for the out-patient treatment of drug abusers and addicts;

b.

a treatment center where drug abusers and addicts may obtain professional counseling from physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists and where possible, former drug abusers and addicts;

c.

half-way houses to provide continuing treatment for drug abusers and addicts.

3.

To create a referral program whereby drug abusers, addicts and persons and agencies concerned with their treatment will make use of the aforementioned treatment facilities;

4.

To encourage and, when so requested, assist cooperative efforts among local narcotic guidance councils and state agencies in developing solutions to the drug problem;

5.

To establish one or more treatment districts within the county based on geography and population density; and to employ a referral counselor in each treatment district;

6.

To encourage and foster, if possible, the use of former drug abusers and persons formerly addicted to drugs as staff personnel;

7.

To assist narcotic guidance councils of a city, town or village within the county in the development of preventative educational programs;

8.

To act as agent for the county in accepting any public or private funds which may be made available to a county to control the problems of drug abuse;

9.

To make a continuing evaluation of the preventative educational techniques and pharmacological and psychiatric treatment procedures used in the county;

10.

To utilize former drug abusers and ex-addicts in educational counseling and make periodic evaluations of their effectiveness;

11.

To establish youth centers to provide individual and group therapy and develop constructive work habits;
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