Last month in New York, a new kind of opioid treatment program (OTP) opened. It is operated by Outreach Development Corporation and will be open 6 days a week, serving patients on Long Island. A one-time grant of $206,000 from federal funding administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), combined with more than $1.1 million in annual state funding, led to the new facility.
“This new program will bring much-needed services to Long Island, and will help people access treatment and support closer to where they live,” said OASAS Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham. “It is critical that we continue to work on establishing these types of facilities throughout New York, and help to support all New Yorkers who have been impacted by addiction.”
This program is part of New York’s plan to expand access to a range of services throughout the state to focus on the opioid and overdose crisis. The initiative will bring comprehensive services, including medication for opioid use disorder, under one roof, according to OASAS. This will be a more patient-centered care model.
Earlier this year, OASAS awarded nearly $3.5 million in federal funding received through the Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant Supplemental Award to support the creation of these programs throughout the state.
The new facility will be co-located with the Outreach Recovery Center at 998 Crooked Hill Road, Building 5 in Brentwood and will offer integrated services for addiction, including all three types of FDA-approved medication for addiction – methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone — as well as counseling, education, connections to other services, and peer support. The facility will utilize a trauma-informed, person-centered approach.
“Outreach is pleased to partner with OASAS and Suffolk County on this important initiative, which will help to save lives in the community,” said Outreach President and CEO Debra Pantin.
OASAS directly operates 12 addiction treatment centers in the state serving about 8,000 patients a year, and oversees all prevention, treatment and recovery programs, serving over 680,000 patients a year.
Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, residential, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website.
From OASAS: “If you, or a loved one, have experienced insurance obstacles related to treatment or need help filing an appeal for a denied claim, contact the CHAMP helpline by phone at 888-614-5400 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”