Up to $1 million will be awarded to providers of existing opioid treatment programs to establish additional locations outside of their main facilities
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the availability of up to $1 million in funding for opioid treatment program providers to establish additional locations outside of their current facilities. This initiative is designed to help bring these services to currently underserved locations and to meet the growing need for OTP services in New York State.
“The addiction and overdose crisis is personal to me and my family. Treatment should still be available to New Yorkers struggling with addiction,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is fully committed to helping expand and improve treatment services and ensuring that anyone trapped in a vicious cycle of substance use through no fault of their own, including those in areas underserved, can receive the support they need and deserve. ”
Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said: “The treatment and other resources offered by opioid treatment programs in New York State are critical to addressing the current overdose crisis and saving lives. The treatment is safe, effective, and life-saving, and with this funding, we’re helping more people across the state access the care they need.
Up to five currently operating OTP providers will receive one-time rewards of up to $200,000 for establishing additional OTP locations. These facilities are established under an existing OASAS certified OTP but are not in the same location, and there are no minimum or maximum distance requirements from the originating OTP. Funding awarded can be used for building repairs and maintenance, including renovations, medical supplies and equipment, and furniture.
Funding is provided through the Federal Federal Grant for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and is administered by the NYS Office of Substance Abuse Services and Supports. The RFA for this project and other information is available here.
State Senator Pete Harckham said: “We must continue to expand access to treatment for substance use disorders and break down barriers to protect residents, especially those in underserved neighborhoods where rates of opioid overdose are unreasonably high. This increased funding will begin to make a difference, and I appreciate Governor Hochul’s continued leadership and support in this regard.
Assembly Member Phil Steck said, “Over the past 10 years, admissions to OASAS-certified programs have declined by more than 30%. Thus, one of my goals as chair of the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism is to increase the capacity of OASAS-certified inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. I appreciate the Governor’s and federal government’s commitment to the same goal.
New York State has implemented an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to combating the overdose epidemic and has created a nationally leading continuum of addiction care with comprehensive prevention, treatment and of recovery. We have worked to expand access to traditional services, including emergency departments, inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment programs, as well as drugs to treat drug addiction and mobile treatment and transportation.
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 free access centres, 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/addiction care, 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 has experienced treatment-related insurance hurdles or need help appealing a denied claim, contact the CHAMP Helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or by email [email protected]