Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced the distribution of $25.2 million dollars in federal funding through the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant, which will expand critical initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. In the second year New York State has been awarded this grant, nineteen additional counties have been selected to receive funding. Funding will be distributed to programs that offer prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-need areas across the state to increase access to treatment, and reduce unmet need and overdose-related deaths.
“This opioid crisis devastates families and entire communities and we must do everything in our power to fight back against this very real threat to New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “It’s critical that we continue to lead the nation in implementing new, effective solutions to save lives, and this funding will provide the expanded services and treatment that those suffering from addiction so desperately need.”
“This significant federal funding will make a big impact on combating the opioid epidemic across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force. “More than $25 million will be distributed among 19 additional counties to provide critical resources that will increase treatment and recovery services for individuals battling addiction. In New York, we’re aggressively fighting to prevent addiction and support recovery efforts, and we will not stop until those who contribute to the crisis are held accountable and all New Yorkers have the access and opportunity to seek recovery and live better and healthier lives.”
Funding for the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Last year, 16 counties were recipients of the grant funding. This year, 19 additional counties have been identified as having high needs, for a total of 35 counties being supported through the second year of the grant. New counties to receive funding were designated as having high needs based on the number of opioid overdose deaths, hospitalizations involving opioids and residents leaving the county to access addiction treatment services.
The 19 counties awarded funding through the second year of the grant are: Suffolk, Broome, Oneida, Orange, Bronx, Cortland, Schenectady, Monroe, Richmond, Genesee, Nassau, Columbia, Kings, Herkimer, New York, Otsego, Dutchess, Queens, and Wayne. These counties will share more than $15 million to increase access to treatment through initiatives that include expanded mobile treatment, telepractice and peer services.
The following providers are receiving funding:
Capital Region (Schenectady and Columbia Counties)
• New Choices Recovery Center – $1,042,356
• Twin County Recovery Services, Inc. – $642,356
Central New York and Mohawk Valley (Cortland, Oneida, Otsego and Herkimer Counties)
• Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, Inc. – $1,250,000
• Syracuse Brick House – $1,052,310
Finger Lakes (Monroe, Wayne and Genesee Counties)
• Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc. – $700,000
• Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. – $650,000
• Wayne County Community Services Board – $700,000
Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)
• Family Service League – $1,246,990
• Central Nassau Guidance – $1,250,000
Mid-Hudson (Dutchess and Orange Counties)
• Lexington Recovery Center – $100,000
• Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan – $982,356
New York City (New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties)
• Palladia/SUS – $1,248,493
• VIP – $197,548
• New York Therapeutic Communities – $1,345,255
• Elmcor – $1,000,000
• Resource Counseling Center – $500,000
• Community Health Action of Staten Island – $250,000
Southern Tier (Broome County)
• Addiction Center of Broome County – $1,145,674
In addition, these high-need counties will share more than $1.3 million to expand medication-assisted treatment and treatment transition for patients in local correctional facilities and state parole violator facilities.
The State Targeted Response initiative also includes funding for programs beyond the high-need counties:
• Delivery of evidence-based prevention services to underserved, hard to reach youth and other at-risk populations – $1,114,714
• Delivery of the Strengthening Families Program to families in New York City shelters and permanent supportive housing – $650,000
• Delivery of a targeted media campaign to residents, with a focus on tribal territories and Latino communities – $913,173
• Training of first responders and other likely witnesses to recognize and respond to overdoses, and provide access to naloxone – $401,237
• Enhanced opioid use disorder services at 11 existing NYSDOH AIDS Institute Health Hubs, and addition of a new Hub on Long Island – $3,015,748
• Implementation of a new Recovery Center/Youth Clubhouse for a Native American community – $294,290
• Creation and support of statewide youth and young adult driven infrastructure to support local communities of young people in recovery – $589,325
This year’s grant funding will continue initiatives introduced in the first year, including the expansion of mobile treatment, telepractice capabilities, peer services, and medication assisted treatment. In the first year of the grant, the following 16 counties were designated as having high needs: Oswego, Yates, Cayuga, Greene, Tioga, Tompkins, Jefferson, Ulster, Sullivan, Madison, Erie, Onondaga, Ontario, Saratoga, Niagara and Montgomery.