Treatment programs in counties across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are among 16 high-needs counties receiving the bulk of 25.2 MILLION dollars in federal funding to enhance treatment services for people struggling with opioid use disorders.
State Senator Tom O’Mara, who is a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, says programs like those serving in Yates and Tompkins counties will receive priority funding. The Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, or FLACRA, will receive 1.2-MILLION dollars.
The counties are designated “high needs” based on the number of opioid overdose deaths, hospitalizations involving opioids, and residents leaving the county to access addiction treatment services.
The other high-needs counties are Tioga, Ontario, Oswego, Cayuga, Greene, Jefferson, Ulster, Sullivan, Madison, Erie, Onondaga, Saratoga, Niagara and Montgomery.
The 16 high-needs counties will also receive an additional $1.8 million to fund services such as training providers in medication-assisted treatment, transitional treatment for people reentering the community from county jails and state correctional facilities, and naloxone training and purchasing.