Gov. Cuomo announces nearly $1M for mobile treatment services

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that five addiction treatment service providers across the state had been awarded nearly $1 million in grant money to purchase and operate mobile treatment vehicles.

The money, funded through the federal State Opioid Response Grant, would enable the providers to expand their availability and access to addiction treatment services in underserved areas of the state, Cuomo said.

“As we continue our efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard public health, we must remain mindful of the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “This impactful investment in addiction treatment services will help to ensure underserved communities have the necessary resources to expand New Yorkers’ access to often live-saving services as we battle the deadly scourge of addiction.”

The state has expanded its mobile treatment capability over the years. In 2017, the state created the Centers of Treatment Innovation (COTI) to provide services to high-need counties. The COTIs focus on connecting those affected by addiction that have not accessed care or have not been able to sustain their recovery through traditional treatment approaches.

Providers in New York use two types of mobile treatment vehicles, either modified vans that can provide counseling services one-on-one or in a small group, and that have telehealth visit capabilities; or full mobile clinics with bathrooms, exam space, telehealth capabilities and the ability to provide the full array of outpatient services.

Five providers will receive funding and deliver services to their respective regions.

In the Finger Lakes region, Huther Doyle will receive $215,488. In the Long Island region, Central Nassau Guidance will receive $208,554. Bridging Access to Care in New York City will receive $225,000. Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency in the Southern Tier region of New York will receive $100,000. And Best Self, in Western New York, will receive $223,675.

The total award of $972,717 will be administered and overseen by the state’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports.