Governor Hochul Announces $20 Million for Addiction Service Providers Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that up to $20 million is available to support addiction service providers in New York State who have been impacted by the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the federal funding will help providers recover fiscally and allow them to continue providing prevention, treatment, harm reduction services. and recovery from COVID-19 safe substance use disorders.

“New Yorkers continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all aspects of daily life, including addiction treatment,” Governor Hochul said. “Like far too many New Yorkers, my family has lost a loved one to addiction, and this funding will be essential to help care providers continue their crucial work. My administration will continue our work to help providers help New Yorkers who need it more.”

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said: “Our service providers have done a heroic job, remaining open and operational, despite the many obstacles created by COVID-19. This funding will help stabilize our system and allow our providers to continue to provide life-saving care and services to some of the most needy. vulnerable New Yorkers.”

Many addiction service providers faced significant financial hardship during the pandemic as they navigated the challenges imposed by the public health crisis. These additional expenses included increased telehealth services, adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, and other pandemic-related workforce challenges.

Additionally, 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 draining the resources of addiction services.

Funded through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act of 2021, the initiative will provide addiction service providers the opportunity to resume programs interrupted by the pandemic and to maintain or improve existing programs and services. The goal is to enable these providers to continue to provide a state-of-the-art level of care to people seeking treatment.

Consult the call for applications.

Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York State has implemented an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the overdose epidemic and created a national continuum of addiction care with comprehensive prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction. The state has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment programs, as well as drugs to treat drug addiction, and mobile treatment services and transportation.

Governor Hochul was a member of the New York State Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which in 2016 recommended new non-traditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubs, expanded peer and free access centers, which provide immediate assessments and referrals. take care of. 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.

Senator Chuck Schumer said: “New York is on the front lines of the opioid scourge, and that’s why I fought so hard to have federal COVID relief bills include historic increases to bolster treatment, prevention, and recovery services. This increase $20 million will give provider addiction services the support they need to continue saving lives and helping communities that need it most.”

Representative Paul Tonko said: “We have seen the devastating impact of the pandemic on our healthcare system, including the worsening of the current opioid crisis in our country. That is why I have lobbied Congress to propose a COVID rescue package which tackles the disease of addiction by strengthening and expanding the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program I was successful in this effort and was proud to have voted the year last to adopt our COVID response program. I am delighted to see that this program is providing vital support to our New York communities, and I thank all those whose leadership and advocacy continue to bring hope to those who need most.”

State Senator Pete Harckham, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, said: “This additional funding and support for substance use disorder treatment providers who are still trying to get back on their feet post-pandemic will save lives across the state. With opioid overdoses on the rise In recent years, it is imperative that we commit the necessary resources to expand access to treatment, recovery and harm reduction services, and I appreciate Governor Hochul’s tremendous efforts in this regard.

Assemblyman Phil Steck said: “Any additional funding we can secure to help our healthcare providers achieve their mission is welcome news. COVID-19 has taken a toll on our treatment facilities, as many of them are congregational facilities. Improving our telehealth services, while providing facilities for congregational facilities and increasing and incentivizing the workforce will enable more people to receive treatment for substance use disorder . »

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 through the NYS OASAS 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 to [email protected].

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