About OASAS

Improving lives by leading a comprehensive system of addiction services
Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest Substance Use Disorder systems of care with approximately 1,700 prevention, treatment and recovery programs serving over 680,000 individuals per year. This includes the direct operation of 12 Addiction Treatment Centers where our doctors, nurses, and clinical staff provide inpatient and residential services to approximately 8,000 individuals per year. OASAS is the single designated state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services. Our mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers by leading a comprehensive system of addiction services for prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Our vision is a future where New York State is alcohol-safe and free from chemical dependence and compulsive gambling.

Meet Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham is a physician, researcher, and public health professional who brings over 20 years of expertise in substance use treatment to OASAS. Prior to joining OASAS, she served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Hygiene at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was a practicing physician at Montefiore Health System, and a Professor of Medicine, Family and Social Medicine, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cunningham has more than 20 years' experience in research, care, and program-development that focuses on people who use drugs. She has also partnered with community-based organizations to develop pioneering programs to promote the health of this population. Dr. Cunningham led one of the first clinics in New York City to integrate buprenorphine into primary care. She has trained hundreds of doctors to treat substance use disorders in primary care. She has also led several research studies and published numerous research articles that focus on treating substance use disorders.
Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham
Scope of Work
Addiction Treatment Centers

We directly operate 12 addiction treatment centers to help New Yorkers living with alcohol and/or chemical dependencies, or compulsive gambling disorder.

Network of Providers

We certify and monitor a network of prevention, treatment and recovery providers to ensure strict compliance with New York State regulations.

Professional Workforce

We administer credentials for alcoholism and substance abuse counselors, problem gambling counselors, prevention practitioners, and prevention specialists. 

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