New York county receives nearly $900,000 grant to fight opioid abuse


The Department of Justice Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-Based Program recently awarded an $899,964 grant to Rockland County in New York.

The county’s district attorney’s office will use the funding to create the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. The goal is to provide early intervention and coordinated care efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic.

“The grant will enable my office to initiate a comprehensive program to provide alternatives to incarceration for people with substance abuse issues,” Tom Walsh, Rockland County district attorney, said. “Our goal is to keep those individuals out of jail and get them the help they need to be productive citizens.”

“Tragically, far too many have felt the effects of illicit opioid abuse throughout our country and in our local communities,” U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said. “This additional funding will go a long way toward helping the Rockland County DA’s office identify those in need of treatment and support for opioid addiction. Illicit opioid use can extract a terrible price, and we must do all what we can to help those who have become addicted.”

The House passed a bill in July that includes $412 million for grant programs authorized under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.