The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services today announced a new phase of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Talk2Prevent addiction campaign. Two new public service announcements (PSAs) are now airing on radio stations across the state in an effort to reach parents and offer them guidance on how to talk to their children about underage alcohol use and substance abuse. “The school year is underway and teenagers and young people across the state can face peer pressure to drink or use drugs,” NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “That’s why it is crucial for parents to keep the conversation going year-round to help prevent underage drinking and drug use. Parents must encourage their children to make safe and responsible decisions. They can use the Talk2Prevent website to learn more about keeping their kids safe.”
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services today announced a new public awareness campaign to inform New Yorkers about the serious health risks of synthetic drugs, commonly called synthetic marijuana. The campaign, announced at Capital for a Day in Syracuse, consists of a television public service announcement, posters, and palm cards that will warn and educate New Yorkers about the dangerous and potentially deadly effects of these highly toxic substances. The PSA will air Statewide in October.
“The intent of this new campaign is for New Yorkers to understand that this so called ‘synthetic marijuana’ is nothing more than a poison sprayed on leaves that is being marketed illegally and inaccurately,” said NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “New Yorkers need to know that synthetics are very dangerous and that help for addiction is available.”
Purple is the color used to promote domestic violence awareness. Join OASAS and wear purple on October 21st to support Domestic Violence Awareness Day.
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) today announced $10.5 million in new funding to support the creation of up to six Recovery Community and Outreach Centers in communities across New York. These new centers, funded by NYS OASAS, will provide supports for individuals and families who are recovering from a substance abuse disorder, or are seeking recovery services. “New Yorkers recovering from addiction will have every opportunity to succeed with the state-of-the-art services and supports offered at these new recovery and outreach centers,” said NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “These locally-based centers will prove to be a valuable resource for communities throughout the state by offering a diverse range of recovery support services to help individuals in recovery improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (NYS OASAS) today has announced $10.5 million in new funding to support the development of up to six new Recovery Community and Outreach Centers in communities across New York State. The funding is available through a Request for Proposal (RFP) administered by NYS OASAS and will provide annual funding for a five-year period. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, inclusive of faith-based organizations. The Request for Proposal can be accessed on the NYS OASAS Procurements webpage and a
Press Release on the announcement is available on our NYS OASAS website.
NYS OASAS and NYS OMH are conducting the fourth annual joint public hearing on their statewide comprehensive plans. Both agencies will receive input for consideration in the development of their respective statewide comprehensive plans, potential integration of statewide planning efforts, and ongoing planning initiatives. To register to attend the hearing and/or submit comments, please select the link above.
The New York Council on Problem Gambling's Annual Conference will be held November 4-5 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, Albany NY. Select the link above for more information and to register.
The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Application deadline for “rest of state” (Non-NYC) agencies will be extended to September 14th, 2015 due to technical issues related to establishing an OMH User ID. If your agency currently has a User ID, please submit your completed application by August 10th, 2015. Questions about obtaining a User ID can be directed to Martin Rose at 518-402-4327.
The online video of the LOCADTR 3.0 training module is now available on the NYS OASAS YouTube channel by selecting the link above. The print version of the LOCADTR 3.0 Manual is available at the NYS OASAS LOCADTR web page at http://www.oasas.ny.gov/treatment/health/locadtr/index.cfm. All New York City treatment providers are required to use LOCADTR 3.0 starting October 1, 2015. For questions or technical assistance please e-mail LOCADTR@oasas.ny.gov .
The list of NYC providers designated to provide Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) is now available. The linked spreadsheet contains the names of NYC providers designated to provide HCBS, along with which services they have been designated to provide. Each provider listed has been approved through the process established by New York State.
New Resources for Preventing Abuse and Neglect are now Available on the Justice Center Website. The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs now has new tools available online for provider agencies to utilize and share with their communities. Updated information regarding preventing abuse and reporting abuse is available. The site also has useful links to resources, state agencies, laws, regulations, and changes to the Vulnerable Persons Central Registry (VPCR). Information about training opportunities and archived mandatory training information for new employees is also accessible via this site.
View information about The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs at this link:
Guidance from Dr. Charles Morgan, OASAS Medical Director for OASAS Providers.