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Assemblyman Skoufis Works To Combat Heroin Epidemic

Assemblyman James Skoufis
Assemblyman James Skoufis Photo Credit: www.nylcv.org

NORTH ROCKLAND, N.Y. -- The New York State Assembly's 2016-17 budget proposal includes $30 million in funding to help New York in its fight against heroin addiction.

The funding would allow for the expansion of heroin and opiate abuse treatment and support programs.

“I am proud that the Assembly’s budget proposal dedicates significant money to fight the heroin crisis across the state. Heroin has damaged too many lives and hurt too many families; we cannot let this continue. The $30 million we designate will provide much-needed funding for improved treatment and support as individuals work to overcome this deadly addiction,” Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury), said.

The proposal allocates $15 million for treatment and preventative services, which would include an expansion of heroin treatment services to specifically target underserved areas and underserved populations.

In an effort to support individuals who have recently completed treatment and to assist those trying to maintain their recovery status, the proposal designates $9 million to post-treatment community-based recovery services. The remaining $6 million would be used to fund patient engagement programs which help individuals find treatment options and support them on their road to recovery.

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