A methadone clinic for recovering addicts that has operated for years in downtown White Plains will close in the next several weeks.
As a result, 300 people receiving treatment for heroin addiction will be forced to find a new clinic.
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Clinic operators said they never wanted to close the place.
“This was a very difficult decision,” said Bernadette Kingham-Bez, senior vice president at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers and administrator of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, which is run by St. Joseph’s.
The clinic operated by St. Vincent’s has been located at 77 East Post Road. That building is owned by White Plains Hospital, which informed St. Vincent’s months ago that it needed the space for a renovation and expansion of its cancer center.
St. Vincent’s tried to find a new location for the facility, but was unable to find relocate the center.
“We had hoped to relocate the program, but there is hesitancy on the part of many communities to house to a methadone clinic,” Kingham-Bez said.
St. Vincent’s is still looking for a new location, but until then, patients are being referred to other centers including ones in Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.