$4.7 Million to Support New Addiction Treatment Centers

J.M. Lesinski
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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently celebrated the second round of funding through the Opioid Settlement Fund, an estimated $4.7 million, to further support the development of new and existing comprehensive addiction outpatient treatment programs across New York state. 

“Far too many New Yorkers have been impacted by addiction, and my administration remains committed to addressing the opioid and overdose epidemic across our state,” Hochul remarked of the funding. “Through the Opioid Settlement Fund, we are supporting New Yorkers and families who have been affected by expanding access to important services and programs throughout the state to send a message that help is available for anyone in need.”

The funding, which is part of an initiative led by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), aims to centralize medication treatment and other services to make it easier for New York state citizens to get treatment for substance use disorders. 

“Providing comprehensive addiction treatment, as well as additional health services in one location, is making it easier for us to reach people in need, and save lives,” stated OASAS Commissioner Dr. Chinazo Cunningham of the funding. “The approach offered by these new facilities is helping to address some of the barriers that people may face when seeking treatment, and increasing their access to lifesaving help and support.”

Award recipients are listed by region as follows: CASA-Trinity, Inc. - $660,000 and Helio Health, Inc. - $760,000 in the Finger Lakes, St. John's Riverside Hospital, Inc. - $373,598 in Mid-Hudson, Helio Health, Inc. - $760,000 in Mohawk Valley, START Treatment & Recovery Centers, Inc. - $400,614 and Odyssey House, Inc. - $760,000 in New York City, St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, Inc. - $652,644 in North Country, and The Community Action Organization of Western New York, Inc. - $401,990 in Western New York. 

As always, anyone battling addiction can also find immediate help and support via the state’s toll-free, 24/7 HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369), or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

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