Federal funding will allow five service providers to serve at 22 homeless shelters

governor casey Hao Zhe More than $2.7 million in federal funding announced today will allow five service providers to provide drug addiction treatment services at 22 homeless shelters in New York City. Funding through the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant will allow the shelters to provide clinical interventions while also providing companion and harm reduction services to residents.

“All New Yorkers should have access to treatment services when they need them, including those from marginalized populations,” Governor Hao Zhe explain. “This funding will provide outreach and engagement for high-need homeless individuals in New York City, providing them with the care and support they can rely on to overcome addiction.”

The funding will allow providers to hire social workers, credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselors and peer advocates at the shelter. These staff will connect with shelter residents to provide clinical intervention and support; peer services; harm reduction services, including counseling, behavioral strategies, and links to other support services.

Administered by the State Office of Addiction Support and Services, the award is the result of a partnership with the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the New York City Department of Homeless Services. The five vendors receiving funding include:

  • Acacia (PROMISE) – $625,000

  • Bowery Residents Council (BRC) – $500,000

  • Project update – $749,980

  • Samaritan zenith village – $625,000

  • Serving the Underserved – $250,000

Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, New York City will see the highest number of homeless deaths, according to a recent report, Overdose accounts for about half. Concurrent mental health disorders were also found to be higher among the homeless and may lead to a higher risk of drug overdose death.

OASAS Commissioner another thing Cunningham said, “People who are homeless are at increased risk of overdose and it is critical that we work to connect with them and meet them with any support they need. This initiative will help in our ongoing efforts to reach this high-risk populations and connect them with individualized services to support recovery from addiction and overall health.”

Office of the Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Daniel W. Titz explain, “The drug overdose epidemic is having a dire impact on many of our communities. With this funding, we will greatly expand services for shelter residents living with substance use disorders in New York City.” Governor Hao Zhe Our partners at OASAS have demonstrated a commitment to addressing the key drivers of homelessness, which undoubtedly saves lives. “

Molly Park, Acting Commissioner, New York City Department of Social Services explain, “DSS-DHS in New York City operates the largest opioid prevention program in New York State, and as a result of Our Comprehensive Effort Last year, naloxone was used to reverse more than 93 percent of suspected shelter overdoses, saving many lives against the backdrop of a worsening opioid crisis nationwide. We thank New York State for these important investments, which will help strengthen our ongoing harm reduction efforts and further strengthen our connections to care for New Yorkers who experience the challenges of homelessness and substance abuse. “

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “Tackling addiction among the homeless is critical to addressing homelessness. Funding from these Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants provides service providers with resources to help those seeking shelter and those in need Vulnerable New Yorkers in Addiction Treatment.”

New York State has developed an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the overdose epidemic and established a nation-leading addiction care continuum that provides comprehensive prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and harm reduction services. The state has been working to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and inpatient treatment programs, and drugs for addiction, as well as mobile therapy and transportation services.

Governor Hao Zhe Member of the New York State Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which in 2016 recommended new nontraditional services, including rehab centers, youth clubs, expanded peer services, and open access centers that provide immediate assessment and Referral Services. These services have been established in many communities across the state to help people in need get care closer to where they live.

The state Office of Addiction Services and Supports oversees one of the largest substance use disorder care systems in the nation, with approximately 1,700 prevention, treatment and recovery programs serving more than 680,000 people each year.this includes Directly operating 12 addiction treatment centers, our doctors, nurses and clinical staff provide inpatient and inpatient services to approximately 8,000 people each year.

New Yorkers battling addiction, or their loved ones struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free 24/7 Hope Line Call 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (short code 467369).

Addiction treatments available include crisis/detox, inpatient, inpatient or outpatient care can be used [FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov]oasis Treatment Availability Dashboard or via OASAS website.

If you or a loved one encounters a treatment-related insurance hurdle or needs help appealing a denied claim, please call 888-614-5400 or email the CHAMP Help Line ombuds@oasas.ny.gov.

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