The federal State Opioid Response Grant awarded nearly $853,000 to five New York state providers to purchase and operate mobile treatment vehicles.
Two types of mobile treatment vehicles are used in the state. Vans are modified to provide counseling services one-on-one or in a small group, telepractice capability, and fully mobile clinics to provide the full array of outpatient services.
Outreach Development Corp. in Long Island received $77,800, and Promesa in the Capital Region received $100,000. Three providers received $225,000 each: Bridge Back to Life Center in Mid-Hudson, St. Lawrence County Community Services in Central New York, and Promesa in New York City.
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) administered the funding.
“Meeting people where they are is more important than ever and this new funding to provide mobile treatment services will be invaluable in helping to expand access to life-saving resources for New Yorkers who are dealing with addiction,” OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “The opioid crisis coupled with the pandemic presented us with a significant opportunity to look for more ways to expand our reach to underserved communities and to help individuals who are unable to travel distances due to lack of transportation or other personal or geographical reasons.”