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Hochul announces award of more than $5.8 million for new addiction treatment programs in NYS


Mon, Apr 24th 2023 01:25 pm

Funding will enable providers to establish comprehensive integrated outpatient treatment

√ Programs designed to increase access to full continuum of services for opioid use disorder

√ Grants awarded through state’s Opioid Settlement Fund

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the awarding of over $5.8 million to providers across New York state to establish comprehensive integrated outpatient treatment programs for addiction. This funding is being distributed through the state's Opioid Settlement Fund.

"Countless lives have been impacted by the opioid and overdose epidemic here in New York," Hochul said. "As individuals, families and communities across the state continue to feel the impact of this crisis, we are working to meet the ongoing need for treatment services, and will continue our comprehensive efforts to help ensure no more lives are lost to addiction."

Hochul’s team said, “Comprehensive integrated outpatient treatment programs provide more opportunities to access person-centered comprehensive services, including medication treatment for opioid use disorder. These programs are designed to address the ongoing need for integrated treatment by centralizing these services in one location. Programs receiving this funding will operate both an outpatient treatment program and an opioid treatment program (OTP) at the same site.”

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said, "These new programs will allow more people to receive important help and support for addiction, including medication treatment, all under one roof. Thanks to the funding provided through the Opioid Settlement Fund, we are continuing to expand and enhance our services to give more New Yorkers a chance to access these important services closer to home."

New York State Sen. Nathalia Fernandez said, "I am happy that we are seeing the Opioid Settlement Fund be used in such precise and effective ways. Having integrated treatment in one location will not only help our patients to receive critical services, but it will also help providers and medical staff with the resources they need to save lives and treat addiction more successfully."

 Among the providers receiving funding through this initiative to establish programs is Northpointe Council Inc. (Niagara), $374,000.

New York state is receiving more than $2 billion through various settlement agreements with opioid manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies that were secured by Attorney General Letitia James. A portion of the funding from these settlements will go directly to municipalities, with the remainder deposited into a dedicated fund to support prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery efforts to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

The same legislation that established the dedicated fund also created the Opioid Settlement Fund advisory board, which is tasked with making recommendations on how settlement dollars should be allocated to best serve those in need. Board members issued their first recommendations Nov. 1, identifying the expansion of harm reduction services and treatment as top priorities.

Hochul’s team said, “New York state has instituted an aggressive, multipronged approach to addressing the overdose epidemic, and created a nation-leading continuum of addiction care with full 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.”

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports oversees one of the nation's largest substance use disorder systems of care, with approximately 1,700 prevention, treatment and recovery programs serving over 731,000 individuals per year. This includes the direct operation of 12 addiction treatment centers where doctors, nurses and clinical staff provide inpatient and residential services to approximately 8,000 individuals per year.

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, call the CHAMP helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or email at [email protected].

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