Governor Cuomo Awards More Than $4 Million to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Services Across New York

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Press Release On Tuesday, February 13 Governor Cuomo awarded more than $4 million to develop ten 24/7 Open Access Centers to delivery immediate engagement, assessment, and referral service options to New Yorkers seeking treatment for substance abuse. The centers, which are located statewide, further advance the Governor’s aggressive efforts to combat addiction in New York State and proactively address the public health problem of addiction to prescription opioids and heroin.

“Substance abuse knows no age, knows no income and knows no zip code in New York or across the nation,” Governor Cuomo said. “With these around-the-clock Open Access Centers, we can provide critical services night and day to New Yorkers when they need it most.”

The primary goal of Open Access Centers is to ensure that anyone in need of substance use disorder services has immediate access to addiction treatment services 24/7. Staff will be on-hand to help people, family members, and law enforcement with addiction treatment services. Staff will also be available or on-call to provide an immediate assessment and referral to the appropriate level of care.

“These new centers will make a significant impact in communities around our state by ensuring that anyone who needs services or interventions will be able to receive help right away, no matter the time or day of the week,” said Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). “They also provide the necessary responsive, compassionate assistance and support needed to help New Yorkers successfully start their recovery journeys.”

The new centers will be in nine of the state’s 10 economic development regions, apart from Central New York, were Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare opened in October 2017 through a locally issues, state-funded procurement.

The following programs were selected to receive funding from OASAS to develop Open Access Centers.

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard.

Press Release: Governor Cuomo Awards More Than $4 Million to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Services Across New York – February 13, 2018