NEW YORK – Governor Cathy Hochul on Friday announced the availability of up to $7.5 million for state-certified providers and other treatment programs to establish low-threshold buprenorphine services to address opioid addiction and save lives.
The grants will be administered by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports and will be the first to use the New York State Opioid Settlement Fund to help develop up to 15 programs that provide safe and effective treatment for opiates use disorder.
“Too many New Yorkers have been lost to the crisis of opioid overdose and addiction,” said Governor Hochul. “This funding, through the Opioid Settlement Fund, will help bring new hope to people struggling with a substance use disorder, remove barriers to life-saving treatment, and turn the tide of the opioid crisis in our state.”
The fund will provide up to $500,000 for 15 programs in New York City offering new-threshold buprenorphine services. OASAS-certified treatment providers, state offices of mental health clinics, hospitals, syringe service programs and harm reduction programs are eligible to apply for funding.
Although buprenorphine is recognized as a safe and effective way to treat opioid use disorder, many providers have strict requirements for admission and continuation of treatment, ultimately limiting the number of people who can receive this medication. gives.
Comprehensive low-threshold services will help address this issue by enabling immediate same-day buprenorphine treatment and care management services.
“Low-threshold services are based on principles of harm reduction including same-day treatment, a non-judgmental approach, flexibility in drug prescribing, and making drugs widely available in hard-to-reach places.” where they are,” said Dr. Chinazzo Cunningham, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. “This initiative is part of OASAS’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that populations and communities across the state have equal access to critical services. There is access and there is support for treatment for opioid use disorder.”
According to the governor’s office, New York state received more than $2 billion through various settlement agreements with opium manufacturers. A portion of these deals will go directly to municipalities, with the remainder going to a dedicated fund that supports prevention, treatment, recovery, harm reduction and education efforts to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.
“Low-threshold buprenorphine services save lives, and I encourage agencies licensed by the Office of Mental Health to apply for funding and establish these safe and effective services for their clients who are affected by opioid use disorder.” are,” she said. New York State Office of Mental Health. Dr. Ann Sullivan said. “This is an example of the critical importance of integrating substance abuse and mental health care into our system of services.”
New Yorkers battling addiction, or loved ones struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s 24/7 toll-free HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-8-HOPENY) . 877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (short code 467369).