Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, which has a satellite office in Oneida, is among five community-based organizations to receive state grants to help educate the public on a new state service intended to improve access to substance-abuse and mental health treatment.
The grants are in amounts between $25,000 and $30,000 and awarded through the Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project.
The grants are to be used to advise clients how to get authorization and payment for mental health and substance disorder health services from an insurance plan, provide information about mental health and substance use disorder parity laws and regulations, and educate consumers and other stakeholders about the CHAMP program, the state has announced.
CHAMP is an ombudsman program establish to educate individuals and providers on their legal rights regarding insurance coverage for behavioral health.
It can also investigate and resolve complaints regarding health insurance denials, the announcement added.
For assistance, consumers can email Ombuds@oasas.ny.gov or call 888-614-5400.
Other agencies receiving grants are in Glens Falls, State Island, Long Island and western New York.