ALBANY — New Choices Recovery Center in Schenectady will receive $1,042,356 to combat the opioid crisis, thanks to new funding announced Thursday.
The local grant is part of a $25.2 million, statewide funding package provided through the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant. This is the second year New York has secured the funds, earmarked toward growing resources that offer prevention, treatment and recovery services in high-needs areas across the state.
The funding will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, according to a state press release about the funding. Last year, 16 counties received similar grant funding. This year, 19 additional counties, which were identified as "high need," will receive funding.
The state's "high need" determination was based on the number of opioid overdose deaths, hospitalizations involving opioids and residents leaving the county to access addiction treatment services, according to the press release.
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).