Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul paid a visit to Camelot on the grounds of Seaview Hospital on January 24th to announce the state’s plan to develop a 25-bed residential treatment facility on the property exclusively for women suffering from substance use disorders.
“What about the women? What about the fact that we lost 27 women this year on Staten Island,” Hochul said. “It is astounding to know that on Staten Island there is no residential facility for women to go to.”
Camelot operates several drug treatment facilities around the Island. The future women’s facility will be housed on the Seaview Hospital grounds in a separate building near the 45-bed intensive men’s residential facility.
“It was inconceivable that at a time when Staten Islanders are overdosing at least once, if not twice a day, that we do not have a women’s residential facility here in our borough,” District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said. “… But that’s the past and the future begins today as we go forward to have this facility.”