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Catholic Charities of Herkimer County receives $200,000 for addiction prevention work

Posted 10/26/22

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the award of more than $1.3 million in funding to support the expansion of addiction prevention efforts.

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Catholic Charities of Herkimer County receives $200,000 for addiction prevention work

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ILION — The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports announced the award of more than $1.3 million in funding to support the expansion of addiction prevention efforts for older adults.

Eight OASAS prevention providers across New York are receiving funding through this initiative, which involves two evidence-based approaches to addiction prevention. Locally, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County was the sole funding recipient in the Mohawk Valley, receiving $200,000 in funding.

“Addiction can affect anyone, including older adults, and often times this population can face barriers when accessing help,” OASAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham said.

“With this expansion of our prevention services for older adults we will be able to better reach them with these important services to support their health and well-being,” Cunningham added.

Providers will use this funding to engage with older adults through the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education program. WISE is a program for older adults that focuses on healthy aging and making healthy lifestyle choices.

This includes education topics such as substance misuse, medication management, stress management, and depression.

The initiative also is designed to increase engagement with the adult population through the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.

This is a comprehensive public health approach to identify those at risk of developing substance use disorders and delivers early intervention and treatment services to individuals who exhibit habits of risky use of alcohol and other substances.

The award of this funding also coincides with the annual Red Ribbon Week which runs from Oct. 23-31.

This annual observance raises awareness of the harms caused by substance use, and works to publicize available prevention services. OASAS is partnering with the New York State Office for the Aging and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services for this initiative.

Other funding awardees, listed by region, include: Finger Lakes — CASA-Trinity Inc., $197,408; New York City — The Educational Alliance, $182,917; Elmcor Youth and Adults Activities, $200,000; Riseboro Community Partnership, $200,000; North Country — Pivot Primary Prevention, $151,810; Substance Abuse Prevention Team Essex County, $200,000; Western New York — Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, $39,355.

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 680,000 individuals per year.

This includes the direct operation of 12 addiction treatment centers where doctors, nurses, and clinical staff provide inpatient and residential services to approximately 8,000 individuals per year.

OASAS is the single designated state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services.

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).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS 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 by phone at 888-614-5400 or email at ombuds@oasas.ny.gov.

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