N.Y. County Law Section 396-H
Powers of the authority

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


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


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:


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


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


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


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;


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


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;


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


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


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;


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


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


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

Source: Section 396-H — Powers of the authority, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CNT/396-H (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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