New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced several initiatives to offer new treatment, recovery and support services for residents suffering from addiction disorders due to substance abuse and living in underserved communities. in New York and Long Island .
Among the measures announced by Cuomo highlights the opening of new recovery centers , two of them located in Queens and the Bronx counties as well as the implementation of new guidelines and state regulations that, among other things, will reduce the barriers faced by some patients to whom health insurance denies coverage of treatments and medicines for addiction .
“New York is committed to the fight against addiction, and with these latest investments, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that people and families in underserved communities are connected to the resources and support services they need, ” said Cuomo.
The announcements were made during the inauguration on Wednesday of a new treatment center for substance use disorders on Wards Island , which at a cost of $ 25.6 million will provide services for women with children, young adults and people over 55 years .
Two other community recovery centers, each with an investment of $ 1.7 million from the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services , will open at 92-13 147th Place, Jamaica, Queens and 2038 Davidson Avenue, Bronx.There, long-term recovery treatments will be offered, supported by recreational and social activities such as the development of skills, education for well-being and preparation for employment, among others.
These centers will offer patients and families the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar challenges.
In addition, $ 300,000 was awarded to three health providers to establish the “Family Support Navigator” program in New York City and Long Island, through which health “navigators” will offer, for the first time, support to families that They are struggling with substance abuse disorders to help them understand the progression of addiction and how to navigate insurance and treatment systems.
New Yorkers who struggle with an addiction, or whose loved ones are suffering from this, can find help by calling the state’s toll-free hotline, HOPEline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1 – 877-846-7369) or by sending a text message to HOPENY (short code 467369).