Governor Hochul Announces $5 Million In New Funding for Local Jails to Provide Substance Use Disorder Services to Incarcerated Individuals

New Legislation Establishes Program for Medication Assisted Treatment in County Jails

Brings the Total OASAS Funding for Local Jails to $8.81 Million

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the availability of $5 million in additional funding to provide Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services to incarcerated individuals as part of a new bill mandating County Jails to offer Medication Assisted Treatment services in correctional settings.

Gov. Kathy Hochul

“This bill is an important tool as we fight substance abuse and the opioid crisis,” Governor Hochul said. “By providing Substance Use Disorder services to incarcerated individuals in both state and local correctional settings, individuals will have the opportunity to treat their addiction and return to healthy and productive lives.”

The new legislation mandates the establishment of programs to provide medication assisted treatment (MAT) for incarcerated individuals in state and local correctional facilities. Expanding, MAT across state and local facilities will allow incarcerated individuals access to medications and therapies to provide them the opportunity to treat their addiction, lessening the likelihood that they may suffer a drug-related overdose upon their reentry into society.

This additional funding will assist local jails in establishing various treatment services including: MAT, screening, assessment, clinical services, peer services, case management and other services as appropriate. New funding brings the total to $8.81 million for local jails provided by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) to treat SUD in correctional settings.

Funding amounts for each county will be based on the size of their jail population. Counties will have the flexibility to determine the best use of the funding. Counties may contract for direct clinical and peer services, cover the costs associated with providing MAT to incarcerated individuals, and help with case management/post release services. The counties will submit their plan to OASAS for approval.

Over the past several years, New York State has instituted an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic, and created a nation-leading continuum of addiction care with full prevention, treatment, and recovery services. To combat this epidemic, the state has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs, as well as medication assisted treatment, and mobile treatment and transportation services.

Governor Hochul was a member of the NYS Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which in 2016, recommended new, non-traditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubhouses, expanded peer services, and open access centers, which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care. These services have since been established in numerous communities around the state and have helped people in need access care closer to where they live.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

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.

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 ombuds@oasas.ny.gov.