A new center for people seeking substance-abuse treatment will open in York County on Monday.

The White Deer Run York Assessment Center is located within the York/Adams Drug & Alcohol Commission's office space at the York County Human Services Center, 100 W. Market St. in York City.

The center is available to anyone in York County but is specifically targeted toward York City residents, according to a York County news release.

Before, York County residents could only seek substance-abuse treatment assessments through individual providers.

"The goal of this new center is to improve the efficiency, consistency and convenience of the assessment process," said Shawn Anne McNichol, the commission's administrator, according to the release. "We want to make it as easy as possible for individuals with substance-abuse problems to seek help."

Free in most cases: The assessments are free except to people with DUI charges who are ordered by a judge to undergo evaluation.

White Deer Run, Inc., an Allenwood-based treatment group, has been contracted to operate the center.

The new center will allow health providers to focus more on treatment, rather than assessment. Funding for the service comes from redirected state funds that had previously been paid to health providers to conduct the assessments.

Between 2010 and 2011, 2,469 assessments were performed in York and Adams counties, according to the release.

The center will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.


m. People seeking treatment can call the center at (717) 771-2497. Anyone in crisis should call 1 (866) 769-6822.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.