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Inter-Agency Task Force on Overdose Prevention

This task force was formed by Governor Hochul to address the rising rates of overdoses due to opioids
Inter-Agency Task Force on Overdose Prevention


To address the alarming rates of overdose due to opioids, including fentanyl and other substances, Governor Hochul established the Inter-Agency Overdose Prevention Task Force to charge members to work in collaboration to expand and enhance programming, develop new and innovative initiatives, and ensure that providers have the support and resources they need to offer-life saving care and services.



Inter-Agency Task Force on Overdose Prevention 

Chair - OASAS: Commissioner Chinazo Cunningham

Chair - DOH: Commissioner Jim McDonald

OMH: Moira Tashjian, Executive Deputy Commissioner

OCFS: Acting Commissioner Suzanne Miles-Gustave

OTDA: Valerie T. Figueroa, Deputy Commissioner, Employment and Income Support Programs

DVS: Dr. Lessie Branch, Special Assistant for Community Engagement

SOFA: Charlie Williams, Assistant Director for Healthy Aging and Longevity

ESD: Maria Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Life Sciences

DCJS: Joseph Popcun, Executive Deputy Commissioner

DFS: Eamon Rock, Deputy Superintendent for Pharmacy Benefits

DOCCS: Dr. Carol Moores, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer

SCOC: Ellen B. Tryon, RN, MAT Unit Supervisor

DHSES: Luci Labriola-Cuffe, Deputy State Fire Administrator

SED: Kathleen DeCataldo, Senior Advisor for Student Support Services

State Police: Captain James Browne, FC BCI

SUNY: Valerie Grey, Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief Hospital and Healthcare Operations Officer

CUNY: Pedro Mateu Gelabert, Associate Professor Community Health and Social Sciences

Public Comment

Please send comments and suggestions related to Task Force activities to [email protected]

Inter-Agency Task Force on Overdose Prevention Report