New York state is investing millions of dollars to help support people who are struggling with substance abuse.
It will send $22 million to addiction service providers to enhance recovery services in communities most at risk.
A total of $200,000 is going to Bestself Behavioral Health in Western New York to help young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. An additional $200,000 is heading to Prevention Works in Chautauqua County.
In the Greater Rochester region, $200,000 will go to Catholic Charities Family & Community of the Finger Lakes to help individuals diagnosed with or suspected to have a developmental disability. The Council on Alcohol & Substance Abuse of Livingston County Inc. will receive $200,000 to help those who are transitioning from stabilization/withdrawal services.
The money will be distributed over a three-year period. It comes from the state’s opioid settlement fund.
“The opioid and overdose epidemic has impacted far too many New Yorkers, and this settlement fund is an opportunity for us to hold manufacturers and distributors responsible for the devastating harm they have caused,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul. “We continue to work with the Settlement Board to distribute this funding to the organizations and communities that need it most, so that they can continue their ongoing work to support those affected by the opioid crisis and save lives.”
If you or someone you know struggles with addiction, you can call the state's 24-7 hotline at 877-846-7369 or send a text to HOPENY (4677369).