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NYS: $20 million for addiction services providers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic


Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 05:25 pm

Funding to help providers cover COVID-related expenses incurred since March 2021

√ State: Strong demand for addiction services continues amid opioid & overdose epidemic

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced up to $20 million is available to support addiction services providers in New York state that have been impacted by the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Her team stated, “Administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the federal funding will assist providers with fiscal recovery, and enable them to continue offering COVID-safe substance use disorder prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery services.”

Hochul said, "New Yorkers continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all aspects of daily life, including addiction treatment. Like far too many New Yorkers, my family has lost a loved one battling with addiction, and this funding will be integral in helping treatment providers continue their crucial work. My administration will continue our work to support providers to help New Yorkers who need it most."

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said, "Our providers have done heroic work, remaining open and operational, despite the numerous obstacles created by COVID-19. This funding will help to stabilize our system and allow our providers to continue to provide lifesaving care and services for some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers."

Hochul’s team said, “Many addiction services providers faced significant financial stress during the pandemic as they met the challenges imposed by the public health crisis. These added expenses included an increase in telehealth services, meeting COVID-19 safety protocols, and other workforce challenges related the pandemic.

“In addition, the ongoing opioid and overdose epidemic continues to impact individuals, families, and communities across New York state. The result has been a dual health crisis that is straining resources in addiction services.”

Funded through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant award authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act of 2021, the initiative will offer addiction services providers an opportunity to resume programs interrupted by the pandemic, and sustain or enhance existing programs and services.

Hochul’s team said, “The goal is to allow these providers to continue offering a nation-leading level of care to those seeking treatment.”

View the request for applications.

New York state has instituted a continuum of addiction care with prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction services. The state has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment programs, as well as medication to treat addiction, and mobile treatment and transportation services.

Hochul was a member of the New York State Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which, in 2016, recommended new, nontraditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubhouses, expanded peer services, and open access centers – which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care.

Congressman Paul Tonko said, "We have seen the devastating impact of the pandemic on our health care system, including worsening our nation's ongoing opioid crisis. That's why I pushed hard in Congress to deliver a COVID rescue package that addressed the disease of addiction by strengthening and expanding the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program. I was successful in that effort and was proud to cast my vote last year to pass our COVID response package. I'm delighted to see this package delivering life-saving support to our New York communities, and I thank all whose leadership and advocacy continue to provide hope to those who need it most."

Assembly member Phil Steck said, "Any additional funding we can attain to assist our treatment providers achieve their mission is welcome news. COVID-19 wreaked havoc on our treatment facilities, as many of them are congregant settings. Upscaling our telehealth services, while making accommodations to congregant-setting facilities and increasing and incentivizing the workforce, will allow for more individual to receive treatment for substance use disorder."

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state's toll-free, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).
Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS treatment availability dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website.

If you, or a loved one, have experienced insurance obstacles related to treatment or need help filing an appeal for a denied claim, contact the CHAMP helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or email [email protected].

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