New York Rep. Tonko announces $7.8M in grants to combat addiction


U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced his state would receive more than $7.8 million in federal grant money to combat substance use disorder.

The grant awards, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs, would go to Capital Region counties and court systems in New York to expand access to treatment and recovery support services, as well as to drug court programs.

“Each year, we lose tens of thousands of Americans to the devastating disease of addiction,” Congressman Tonko said. “We have a duty to our family, friends, neighbors, and every individual suffering to act to ensure they have the support and care they need. I am proud to announce these deserving awards that will save lives and help restore hope to countless across our Capital Region and state. I will not stop fighting in Congress to improve access to vital treatment and make sure that every American struggling with substance use disorder has the resources to find and follow the path to recovery.”

The grants include $898,062 for Albany County to expand access to treatment and recover support services and $5,098,431 to the New York State Unified Court System to improve family drug courts, adult drug courts, and veterans’ treatment courts, as well as to enhance access to treatment and recovery services. An additional $1.895,595 was awarded to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional facilities and community-based services to combat juvenile delinquency.