According to The Mohawk Valley Behavioral Health Care Collaborative, to address the opiate abuse epidemic, addiction services organizations in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties, along with 8 other counties in the state have received some great news from New York State. All will share in a $1.48 million grant from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS). Local addiction services organizations include: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County; Delaware County Department of Mental Health; Family & Children’s Counseling Services; Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego (FOR-DO); Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism and Addictions Foundation, Inc. (LEAF, Inc.); and Otsego County Community Services.

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The funds will be distributed and utilized by The Mohawk Valley Behavioral Health Care Collaborative and the South Central Behavioral Health Care Collaborative, two organizations that will merge soon, providing services in the following counties: Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie, and Tompkins.

Kelly Lane, Director of the Mohawk Valley Behavioral Health Care Collaborative says, “This significant grant will allow clinical and other community-based organizations to work together, using technology and a coordinated approach across the continuum of care for our clients.”

The grant money will be used to streamline services and increase access to area residents in need of addiction services and will focus on addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

For more information about New York State OASAS, visit oasas.ny.gov/about.

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