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Governor Hochul Announces Availability of Up to $3.5 Million to Expand Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services in New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the availability of up to $3.5 million for providers to develop comprehensive integrated outpatient treatment programs. These programs will make it easier for New Yorkers seeking treatment for a substance use disorder to access multiple services in one location and address the ongoing need for comprehensive treatment in New York State.

“New York State is fully committed to providing the necessary resources to help those struggling with substance use disorder,” Governor Hochul said. “Like far too many New Yorkers, my family has lost a loved one to addiction. Adequate funding for treatment centers and intervention programs and the removal of resource barriers for those seeking Aid is how we will get through this crisis, and this funding will help New Yorkers across the state get access to the care they need.”

Up to 15 OASAS-accredited providers will receive funding to develop integrated outpatient treatment programs, including integration of existing outpatient programs and opioid treatment programs, development of new OTPs to integrate with outpatient services, and expanding access to outpatient OTPs to provide services to people who are not receiving addiction medication.

Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said: “As the overdose crisis continues to affect individuals, families and communities across the state, it is vitally important that we take steps to increase the availability of these vital services. This initiative will help people to access drugs to treat addiction, as well as other help and resources to support them in their recovery.

A total of $3.5 million is available under this initiative, which can be used for several purposes, including building renovations, new equipment, staff training and salaries. Funding will be provided through the Federal Federal Grant for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and is administered by OASAS. RFA with more details on eligibility and other information is available here.

Representative Yvette Clarke said“We cannot wait for times of crisis to protect our communities and address the challenges that many New Yorkers face when seeking addiction treatment and other related services. This is an important step in the right direction to meaningfully address this long-standing epidemic in our communities that has led to unnecessary tragedies.Unfortunately, our city has seen a dramatic increase in substance use and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among young people. We must continue to work hand in hand to recognize the need for comprehensive treatment services and adequately assist those struggling with substance abuse. Governor Hochul’s efforts to address this public health crisis are not only commendable, it is the right thing to do and I applaud his leadership in this area.”

Representative Paul Tonko said“Across our state and our nation, millions of Americans struggle with the disease of addiction – a crisis that has become even more severe during this pandemic. For years, I have pushed Congress to support programs that are speaking out about this deepening crisis and providing needed resources to our communities, including the successful funding of the Federal Block Grant Program for Drug Prevention and Treatment through our U.S. Bailout Neighbors and Loved Ones Who need it the most.”

Representative Kathleen Rice said: “Substance use disorder is a vicious disease and people in recovery deserve our support, not our judgement. I have spent much of my career fighting to end the stigma around addiction and to increase resources for those in need. This funding will provide lifesaving treatment. and support for recovering New Yorkers and their families.”

State Senator Pete Harckham said: “The fight against the overdose crisis cannot be won with half measures, which is why it is so important to step up our efforts to make outpatient treatment for substance use disorders more easily accessible. New funding for treatment providers will expand their efforts to deliver integrated, evidence-based care that will engage people and save lives, and I thank the Governor for his strong support of this initiative.”

Assemblyman Phil Steck said“As chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, one of my goals has been to expand access to science-based medical treatment, including drugs, for people with of substance use disorders. By increasing the current capacity levels of treatment facilities and adding additional programs, we will be able to pull more people out of the cycle of substance use. The current federal administration has shown its commitment to this goal by dramatically increasing state funding, which we greatly appreciate.

Over the past several years, New York State has implemented an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the overdose epidemic and created a nationally leading continuum of addiction care with comprehensive services prevention, treatment and recovery. New York has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment programs, as well as drugs to treat addiction, and mobile treatment services and transport.

Governor Hochul was a member of the NYS Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which in 2016 recommended new, non-traditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubs, expanded peer services, and centers free access, which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care. These services have since been established in many communities across the state and have helped people in need access care closer to where they live.

New Yorkers struggling with addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free 24/7 HOPEline. at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (short code 467369).

Available addiction treatments, including crisis/rehab care, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care, can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or by the NYS OASA website.

If you or a loved one has experienced insurance hurdles related to treatment or need help appealing a denied claim, contact the CHAMP Helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or by email. email to [email protected].