New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday the state would provide nearly $853,000 in funding for healthcare providers in five regions to expand mobile addiction treatment services.
The federal grant money will allow the providers to purchase and operate mobile treatment vehicles, which will expand availability and access to addiction treatment services in underserved regions of the state.
Awards were given to St. Lawrence County Community Services in Central New York; Outreach Development Corporation in the Long Island region; Bridge Back to Life Center in the Mid-Hudson region; and Promesa, Inc. in the Capital region and the New York City region.
The funding can be used to either buy modified vans that have the ability to provide counseling services one-on-one or in a small group, and that have the capability to do telemedicine or full “mobile clinics” that provide an array of outpatient services while having space for bathrooms, examination rooms, and telemedicine.
Administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the funds are part of the federal State Opioid Response Grant provided to the state. The latest funding round joins another $972,000 awarded previously, bringing the total awarded to $1,825,000.
“Despite the many challenges caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic, we must continue to remain vigilant in our fight against the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “This critical investment for addiction treatment services will help to ensure that we are improving access to care and meeting the treatment needs of all New Yorkers no matter where they live while enhancing our innovative and multi-pronged approach to the opioid epidemic.”