Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $5.25 million in awards to establish six substance use and prevention coalitions across New York State. Administered by the State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the funding will enable recipients to focus prevention efforts on priority populations; including Black, Indigenous and people of color; veterans; older adults, individuals with disabilities, and youth with a history of incarceration or other contact with the criminal-legal system.
“Addiction impacts New Yorkers from all walks of life, and my administration remains committed to using every tool at our disposal to help struggling individuals receive the supportive services they need,” Governor Hochul said. “This expansion of prevention services will allow us to reach more people in need and ensure we are taking all necessary steps to provide a full continuum of addiction care across New York State.”
Prevention coalitions are designed to better engage vulnerable and isolated communities and populations in developing and implementing environmental change prevention strategies. This funding will help these six new coalitions – two in the New York City area and four in the rest of state – to develop culturally appropriate and tailored prevention initiatives for the specific communities and populations they serve.
Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said, “Prevention coalitions are targeted specifically to the communities where they are based and serve an important role in establishing strong prevention services to impact community change. This funding will allow us to further expand these important programs in underserved communities and reach more people with important evidence-based programming, education, and other prevention efforts.”
Senator Chuck Schumer said, “New York is on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, and that is why I fought so hard to make sure the federal COVID relief bills included historic increases to bolster treatment, prevention, and recovery services. This $5+ million federal boost will give addiction-services providers from Long Island to Lewis County the resources they need to keep saving lives and help underserved communities get the support they need.”
Representative Paul Tonko said, “For years, I’ve worked to address the disease of addiction and secure access to lifesaving treatments for the millions of Americans currently struggling. Thanks to the partnership and tireless push from advocates, individuals in recovery, and their loved ones, I was proud to succeed in strengthening our nation’s response to the overdose crisis with the passage of my Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act and funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. I’m grateful to have dedicated leadership working every day to provide hope and support to New Yorkers who need it most.”
Funding for the expansion was provided to New York State through collaboration with The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. and SAMHSA’s Partnership for Success Grant 2022. Each recipient will receive $175,000 per year for five years, for a total of $875,000.
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