Funding Awarded in Second Year of Settlement Funding Through New York State’s Opioid Settlement Fund.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced more than $55 million awarded and an additional $20 million in procurement opportunities made available through New York State’s Opioid Settlement Fund to support a range of addiction services across New York State. This funding builds on ongoing efforts to distribute the millions of dollars awarded through a series of agreements with opioid manufacturers and distributors, and address the impact of the opioid and overdose epidemic throughout New York State. Additional funding is also being made available for two separate initiatives to increase access to addiction treatment, and support the addiction workforce.
“New York State is leading the way in getting settlement funds out to providers and communities that have been impacted by the opioid and overdose crisis so that they may continue their work to save lives,” Governor Hochul said. “We will continue to hold those responsible for this crisis accountable, and make sure every dollar from these settlements is used to help those who have been affected.”
Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Dr. Chinazo Cunningham said, “Working closely with the Opioid Settlement Fund Advisory Board, we have made more than $300 million available for a wide range of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery initiatives. This funding is supporting the entire continuum of addiction services, and allowing us to expand our lifesaving help and support to ensure that all New Yorkers are able to find the services and resources they need.”
Department of Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said, “Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, we are able to equip our providers with the tools they need to save lives every day. The opioid settlement fund is vital to these efforts. By holding opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable, we are able to reach more New Yorkers who are in need of support, allowing them continued access to harm reduction services, treatment, and the means to access these services independently.”
The initiatives supported through the $55 million in funding are as follows:
Funding provided through this initiative will assist providers in developing a transportation program for individuals who are enrolled in or are seeking treatment, prevention, recovery, or harm reduction services for a substance use disorder.
This initiative will assist individuals by providing them transportation to and from a variety of destinations that support their individualized recovery efforts and goals. In addition, this initiative will assist the individual in developing their own transportation plan to promote long-term transportation independence. The funding awarded through this initiative will fund one year extensions to their current contracts.
Recipients are listed below by their State Opioid Response (SOR) Regional Network. Each recipient is receiving $240,000 from this initiative.
Advanced Health Network, Inc.
Capital Behavioral Health Collaborative
Coordinated Behavioral Care Inc.
Coordinated Behavioral Health
Coordinated Behavioral Health Services IPA
Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency, Inc.
Advanced Health Network, Inc.
Addiction Center Broome County, Inc.
Seaway Valley Council for Alcohol/Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc.
Value Network (Western)
Save the Michaels of the World, Inc.
Upstate New York Integrated Care Network
Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc.
Recovery Community and Outreach Centers
An additional $6 million is being awarded to all OASAS Recovery Community and Outreach Centers to enhance and expand recovery support services. This is an extension of existing funding which was made available last year to bring the annual budget of all recovery centers to $535,000.
This funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including staffing, improving infrastructure and technology, equipment, trainings, and minor renovations.
Local Impact Initiatives Round 1 and 2
This initiative provides funding for small non-profits to receive up to $9,500 to support their community-based work. Providers that are eligible are small nonprofits with revenue of less than $750,000 annually. In total, there are 34 recipients (18 in round one and 16 in round 2) that received $322,075 in total.
More than $46 million from the 2024 OSF appropriations has been paid to municipalities and local governments per the terms of the settlement agreements. The use of these dollars is at the discretion of the entity and guided by the allowable use documents under the settlement agreements, which are available to view on the OASAS website. Last year, more than $64 million was provided to municipalities through the 2023 OSF regional abatement fund.
Additional procurements and application opportunities now available through OASAS include:
Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment Programs – RFA
To support treatment expansions across New York State, OASAS has issued a request for applications for $9.5 million to fund new Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment Programs. The programs provide more opportunities to access person-centered, comprehensive treatment services, including medication treatment for opioid use disorder around the state.
Programs receiving this funding will operate both an outpatient treatment program and an opioid treatment program (OTP) at the same site.
Leadership Institute – RFP
OASAS is also issuing a request for proposals to establish a new comprehensive professional development program, which will assist individuals in a management track at workplaces within the OASAS system of care.
The goal is to equip participants with the necessary tools to become effective managers who can support their team, continue their professional growth and development, and deliver prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery services for substance use disorders.
Paid Internship Program
To further support the addiction services workforce, $5 million has been made available to colleges and community-based training programs across the state to offer paid internships and field placements to students who complete the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Certified Prevention Professional (CPP), or Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) program, either as a stand-alone certificate program or in combination with an Associates or Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree.
This initiative will allow OASAS to recruit more students to do their internships and field placements in OASAS work settings thereby allowing OASAS employers a pipeline of credentialed individuals they can recruit once they graduate from their degree or certificate programs.
The colleges and community-based organizations listed below are receiving funding through this initiative.
Master’s in Social Work and CASAC Certificate Program
SUNY Stony Brook University
Associate Degree and CASAC Certificate Program
CUNY Kingsborough Community College
SUNY Adirondack Community College
SUNY Broome Community College
SUNY Clinton Community College
SUNY Corning Community College
SUNY Erie Community College
SUNY Fulton-Montgomery Community College
SUNY Hudson Valley Community College
SUNY Jamestown Community College
SUNY Monroe Community College
SUNY North Country Community College
SUNY Suffolk County Community College
SUNY Sullivan County Community College
SUNY Tompkins Cortland Community College
SUNY Westchester Community College
Community-Based CASAC, CPP or CRPA Programs
Exponents Center for Personal & Professional Development
Farnham Family Services
Friends of Recovery – New York
Helio Health Inc
Outreach Training Institute
Samaritan Daytop Village Training Institute
St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
The Addictions Care Center of Albany
New York State is receiving more than $2 billion through various settlement agreements with opioid manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies that were secured by Attorney General Letitia James. A portion of the funding from these settlements will go directly to municipalities, with the remainder deposited into a dedicated fund to support prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery efforts to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.
The same legislation that established the dedicated fund also created the Opioid Settlement Fund Advisory Board, which is tasked with making recommendations on how settlement dollars should be allocated to best serve those in need. Board members issued their first recommendations on November 1, 2022, identifying the expansion of harm reduction services and treatment as top priorities.
New York State has instituted an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the overdose epidemic, and created a nation-leading continuum of addiction care with full prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services. The state has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs, as well as medication to treat addiction, and mobile treatment and transportation services.
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports oversees one of the nation’s largest substance use disorder systems of care with approximately 1,700 prevention, treatment and recovery programs serving over 731,000 individuals per year. This includes the direct operation of 12 Addiction Treatment Centers where our doctors, nurses, and clinical staff provide inpatient and residential services to approximately 8,000 individuals per year.
New Yorkers struggling with an 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).