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New York State Targets Huge Grant to Catholic Charities Orange Sullivan to Fight Opioid Crises

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Provides Prevention, Treatment & Recovery in Highest-Need Area in the Nation

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that he earmarked for Catholic Charities Community Services  of Orange and Sullivan (CCCSOC) $2 million out of a total $25.2 million statewide federal grant to beat back opioid deaths.  The grant, divvied up between the 16 New York counties identified as having the highest rates of opioid abuse, is disproportionately high for Catholic Charities because, unfortunately, Orange County holds the unwanted distinction of having the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the nation as a percentage of its population. 

“People are dying and that needs to stop,” says Dr. Dean Scher, CEO, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan. “These much-needed funds will allow us to expand and enhance access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services in those hard to reach communities where the need is high.”

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan provides individualized, comprehensive, state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment for adolescents and adults who suffer from addictive disorders. Staff includes licensed/credentialed: psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and licensed mental health practitioners.

Catholic Charities will use the grant to increase access to treatment through initiatives including expanded peer services, tele-practice, and mobile treatment services in identified high-need areas of Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Specifically, we will utilize peer supports, clinical services and emerging technology to empower opioid-dependent individuals toward recovery. Services will include assessment and treatment referrals, tele-health and medication assisted treatment, individual, family, and group therapy, peer advocates for recovery support, and case management.

Catholic Charities of Orange and Sullivan is also one of ten agencies throughout New York State to receive $100,000 in funding to deliver evidence-based prevention services for underserved, hard-to-reach youth and other at-risk populations. Catholic Charities, already an OASAS-designated Center of Treatment Innovation,  provides a variety of school, community, and peer-based prevention programs for youth of all ages. Family and community outreach programs, including Narcan training, are also available.

 “Tragically, it is our young people that are most at risk for succumbing to the lure of opioids,” adds Dr. Scher. “That’s why prevention is critically important – we must provide our children with the tools and coping methods necessary to address the many pressures they face.”

  • Sullivan and Ulster County residents struggling with addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling Catholic Charities at 845.794.8080.
  • Are you or someone you know struggling with opioid addiction and live outside Orange and Sullivan Counties?