October 21, 2021

Cortland’s Beacon Center to close

The Beacon Center in Cortland is closing, although exactly when is unknown, leaving many clients to receive addiction services via telehealth.

“They contacted OASAS (state Office of Addiction Services and Support), our department, and partner agencies in the community for planning,” said Sharon MacDougall, the Cortland County director of community services.

MacDougall said all Beacon clients can request transfer to other programs with help from Beacon.

The Beacon Center offered outpatient counseling, medicated assisted treatment and an opioid treatment program. A representative of the Beacon Center could not be reached for comment on why or when the agency was closing its doors.

In recent months, law enforcement agencies have noticed an increase in calls for overdoses, a new drug in Cortland County and a number of overdose deaths.

“We are saddened to lose an addiction provider in our community — especially during such difficult times,” said Lisa Hoeschele, executive director and CEO of Family Counseling Services of Cortland County. “We have worked closely with Beacon and value their work. We are currently working with our partner providers in Cortland to ensure that same day access and mobile services for those who need support are available. Our mobile outreach team continues to be very active and we are still providing same day access to mental health and addictions services to anyone who needs these supports.”

To get help

Other addiction-treatment services in the greater Cortland area:
Outpatient addiction treatment facilities

  • Family and Children Counseling Services of Cortland County: 165 Main St., Cortland.
  • Syracuse Recovery Services of Cortland: 6 Euclid Ave., Cortland.
  • Open Access Treatment and Referral Facility: 2353 N. Triphammer Road, Lansing.

Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment facilities

  • Tully Hill Chemical Dependency Treatment Center: 5821 Route 8, Tully.

Inpatient addiction treatment facilities

  • Charles Street Residence, 29 Charles St., Cortland.