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.

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. 

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports
Arlene González-Sánchez, Commissioner

Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, MS, LMSW, was appointed Commissioner of the then New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Jan. 3, 2011. Commissioner González-Sánchez has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of behavioral health services administration, health policy development, and medical research. Under the Commissioner’s leadership, OASAS works to realize her vision for transforming the current system of care for individuals with substance use disorders into a comprehensive, patient-centered and family-focused system.
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