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$25m in federal funding to address opioid crisis in New York

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the rollout of $25.2 million in federal funding, which will expand critical initiatives in New York's ongoing effort to confront the opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation.

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The funding will be used to add and enhance treatment services for people struggling with opioid use disorders in high-need counties throughout the state, including mobile treatment, telehealth capabilities, and the expansion of medication assisted treatment.

It will also support statewide prevention and recovery programs. These initiatives build upon the Governor's multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic affecting communities across the state.

The funding was awarded to OASAS earlier this year, through the Opioid State Targeted Response grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The goal of the grant is to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose-related deaths.

Sixteen counties that will receive the bulk of 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.

Those counties are Oswego, Yates, Cayuga, Greene, Tioga, Tompkins, Jefferson, Ulster, Sullivan, Madison, Erie, Onondaga, Ontario, Saratoga, Niagara and Montgomery.