During a news conference on February 8th, 2024, F. Paul Battisti, Broome County District Attorney revealed a county-wide diversion program for persons who suffer from substance use disorders.

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The program, named 'Motivation to Change' (MTC), is in partnership with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and Helio Health.

Without the willingness of the Sheriff’s Department and Helio Health to partner with our office, this idea would not have been possible. Without a doubt, this program will save lives. - Broome County District Attorney F. Paul Battisti

Beginning on February 19, 2024, qualifying accused persons who are being arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Part of the Broome County Court System will be offered an opportunity to be part of the 'Motivation to Change' program.

If accepted, the individual will be transported by the Broome County Sheriff's Department directly to Helio Health from the Centralized Arraignment Part of the Broome County Court System where the person will be placed into detox or inpatient residential treatment.

According to the news conference, Helio Health will assess the person and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. The 'Motivation to Change' program is designed for non-violent offenders who suffer from substance use disorder.

View the news conference for more details, below.

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