Press Release: The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) recently announced the launch of their statewide campaign “We Can’t Lose Anyone Else“, a bi-lingual campaign to inform and educate about opioid addiction and the resources that are available to help those in need.
OASAS created three videos that will air on television across the state from November 26th to December 21st. The faces and stories of those seen in the campaign are real New Yorkers that are either recovering from addiction or have lost a loved one due to an overdose.
“The faces and stories of those you see in this campaign demonstrates that addiction spares no one from hopeless, loss and devastation,” said Arlene González-Sánchez, OASAS Commissioner. “This campaign helps to spread a message of hope, counterbalance misconceptions about addiction, including medications that can help, while also providing information about how to obtain treatment and support services regardless of personal financial circumstances.”
This campaign is the latest in New York’s multi-pronged effort to combat drug and prescription opioid use, showing that help is available regardless of a person’s ability to pay. OASAS has developed several resource materials to help raise awareness. Those materials are available in several different languages and can be found at combataddiction.gov/resources.
Care Compass Network’s partner organizations have been working tirelessly to support our community, especially the Medicaid population to improve health outcomes. Between April 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018, our partner organizations that are contracted under our Behavioral Health projects have administered over 35,000 behavioral health screens to Medicaid members across our PPS – a 9-county region. A majority of those behavioral health screens are currently be conducted in primary care clinics, with several thousand of the screens being conducted the same day as a depression screen to address the co-occurring disorders. The behavioral health screens consist of evidence-based depression and substance use, such as PH-2, PH-9, Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST), Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
To locate available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care, visit NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at https://findaddictiontreatment.ny.gov. Help also can be found by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week, HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (short code 467369).