Governor Cuomo Announces Distribution of $25 Million in Federal Funding to Address Opioid Crisis in New York State

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Press Release: On September 14, 2017 Governor Cuomo announced the rollout of $25.2 million in federal funding to expand critical initiatives in New York’s ongoing effort to confront the opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation. The funding will be used to add and enhance treatment services for people struggling with opioid use disorders in high-need counties through the state, including mobile treatment, telehealth, capabilities, and the expansion of medication assisted treatment. Funds will also support statewide prevention and recovery programs. Further building on the Governor’s multi-pronged approach, these initiatives will also help address the opioid epidemic affecting communities across the state.

“Opioid addiction devastates the lives of afflicted New Yorkers and their families and it is critical that we continue to fight against this epidemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this funding, we can offer expanded services and offer support to New Yorkers dealing with substance abuse, putting them on the road to recovery and helping to build a stronger, healthier Empire State for all.”

The funding awarded to OASAS earlier this year, through the Opioid State Targeted Response grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the grant is to increase assess to treatment, reduce unmet need, and reduce overdose-related deaths.

“Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is once again setting a national standard for the delivery of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services,” New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “The enhanced initiatives announced today will help us continue to combat addiction in our communities and make sure people suffering from substance use disorder have access to the help they need.”

The sixteen counties that were chosen, were designated as having high needs, based on the number of opioid overdose deaths, hospitalizations involving opioids, and residents leaving the county to access addiction treatment services. Those counties are Oswego, Yates, Cayuga, Greene, Tioga, Tompkins, Jefferson, Ulster, Sullivan, Madison, Erie, Onondaga, Ontario, Saratoga, Niagara, and Montgomery.

The sixteen counties will share in up to $16 million to increase access to treatment through initiatives including expanded peer services, tele-practice, and mobile treatment services.

The following programs will be receiving funding:

Western New York – Erie and Niagara Counties

  • Best Self Behavioral Health – $1.7 million

Central New York – Yates and Ontario Counties

  • Strong Memorial Hospital – up to $1 million
  • Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, Inc – $1.4 million

North Country – Jefferson County

  • Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions, Inc – $1.1 million

Central New York – Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, and Oswego Counties

  • Syracuse Brick House, Inc – $1.8 million

Capital Region and Mohawk Valley – Saratoga and Montgomery Counties

  • New Choices Recovery Center – $1.74  million

Mid-Hudson and Capital Region – Greene, Ulster, and Sullivan Counties

  • Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan – $2 million
  • Twin County Recovery Services, Inc – $1.1 million

Southern Tier  – Tioga and Tompkins Counties

  • Trinity of Chemung County – $1.1 million
  • The Addiction Center of Broome County, Inc – $1 million

The 16 high-need counties will also receive an additional $1.8 million to fund services such as training providers in medication assisted treatment, transitional treatment for people re-entering the community from county jails and state correctional facilities, and naloxone training and purchasing.

In addition, $100,000 has been awarded to each of the following providers to delivery evidence-based prevention services for underserved, hard-to-reach youth and other at-risk populations across the state:

  • Capital Region: Addiction Care Center of Albany
  • Central New York: Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility
  • Finger Lakes: Ibero American Action League
  • Long Island: Hispanic Counseling Center
  • Mid-Hudson: Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan County
  • Mohawk Valley: Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties
  • New York City: Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council
  • North Country: Pivot
  • Southern Tier: Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
  • Western New York: Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council

Press Release: September 14, 2017 the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo