Hochul announces $4.5M to support addiction prevention services

Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at a news conference announcing the expansion of Penn Station at the Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan on Thursday. Shawn Inglima/New York Daily News/TNS

ALBANY — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced $4.5 million in funding for 10 organizations to establish substance use and prevention coalitions in New York state.

That list of organizations includes Seaway Valley Council for Alcoholism and Substance Use in Ogdensburg. Providers receiving funding will focus on the priority populations, including three providers that will have a special focus on the LGBTQIA+ community. A further $1.8 million is also being made available to establish additional coalitions in the New York City region.

“Addiction can affect anyone, and helping those who have been impacted, as well as their families, is personal to me,” Hochul said. “Like far too many New Yorkers, my family has lost a loved one battling with addiction. New York State will never waiver in its commitment to establishing effective addiction prevention services, and my administration will continue to be laser-focused on supporting this important mission through coalitions such as these.”

“Establishing and supporting effective, evidence-based prevention services are a critical pillar of the work we do at Office of Addiction Services and Supports. These coalitions will play an important role in bringing tailored services to the places and individuals they serve and will allow us to reach more people in high-risk populations with much-needed help and support,” Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham noted.

Prevention coalitions are designed to better engage vulnerable and isolated communities and populations in developing and implementing environmental change prevention strategies. This funding will help them to develop culturally appropriate and tailored prevention initiatives for underserved communities and populations.

Funding was provided to New York state through the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, with awardees selected through a Request for Applications process administered by OASAS. Each award recipient will receive $150,000 per year for three years, for a total of $450,000.

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