State Senate Trying To Get $167 M For Anti Heroin Programs

March 14, 2016
ALBANY, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara says that senate republicans are trying to get 167 million dollars into the state budget, for anti heroin programs.
$10 million for transitional housing, including inpatient treatment, for individuals in recovery,
with 25 percent of these funds to be used for individuals ages 15-24;
$6.5 million for additional recovery services;
$3.85 million for 11 additional “Recovery Community Centers.” The governor proposed to expand the number of Recovery Community Centers in the state from six to nine. The Senate proposal would bring the total to 20 and would require that all centers be distributed on a geographically even basis;
$2 million for school prevention efforts; and
$1 million for 10 additional “Family Support Navigators,” who assist New Yorkers and their families with navigating insurance and treatment systems. Cuomo’s proposed budget provides for 10 Navigators to be regionally distributed statewide. O’Mara said the Senate plan doubles that commitment to 20 and helps to ensure that the services are distributed on a geographically even basis.