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Partnership for Ontario County among recipients of state funding

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $5.25 million in funding for six substance use and prevention coalitions across New York State. The funds will be administered by the State Office of Addiction Services and Supports and will allow recipients to focus their 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.

This expansion of prevention services will help the coalitions reach more people in need and provide a full continuum of addiction care across the state. Prevention coalitions are designed to engage vulnerable and isolated communities and populations in developing and implementing environmental change prevention strategies. This funding will help the six new coalitions to develop culturally appropriate and tailored prevention initiatives for the specific communities and populations they serve.

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The 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.

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 the resources they need to keep saving lives and help underserved communities get the support they need.”

Representative Paul Tonko said, “I’ve worked to address the disease of addiction and secure access to lifesaving treatments for the millions of Americans currently struggling. 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.”

New York State has implemented an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the overdose epidemic, including expanding access to traditional services and creating a nation-leading continuum of addiction care with full prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services. Governor Hochul was a member of the New York State Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which made recommendations for new, non-traditional services in 2016. These services include recovery centers, youth clubhouses, expanded peer services, and open access centers, which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care.

New Yorkers struggling with addiction or whose loved ones are struggling can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). Available addiction treatment can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at or through the New York State OASAS website. If you, or a loved one, have experienced insurance obstacles related to treatment or need help filing an appeal for a denied claim, contact the CHAMP helpline.

The six recipient coalitions are Access To Independence of Cortland County, Inc., Partnership for Ontario, Family & Children’s Association, Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Lehman College, Riseboro Community Partnership, and Mountain View Prevention Services, Inc.