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Amidst National Recovery Month, Leading Long Island Nonprofit Awarded $1.25 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Growing Opioid Epidemic

Hicksville, NY (September 28, 2018) – Aiming to help stem the tide of opioid deaths and addiction across Long Island, New York State has awarded federal dollars to CN Guidance & Counseling Services—a nonprofit which acts as a safety-net by providing outpatient addiction and mental health services, regardless of an individuals’ ability to pay – to support important prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives.

The distribution of a total of $25.2 million dollars statewide in federal funding through the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant will expand critical initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. In the second year New York State has been awarded this grant, nineteen additional counties have been selected to receive funding. Funding will be distributed to programs that offer prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-need areas across the state to increase access to treatment, and reduce unmet need and overdose-related deaths. This distribution of funds arrives during National Recovery Month, a month in which we highlight awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

CN Guidance & Counseling Services will specifically use this funding to greatly expand its substance addiction services out into the community through a new Mobile Recovery Unit.  This Mobile clinic will be staffed with clinicians who will provide help in particular for those struggling with Heroin and other Opioid use by meeting individuals directly in the community – thereby increasing access to treatment and recovery in high needs areas throughout Nassau County.

Between Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island experienced nearly 600 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 (the most ever), across all income levels. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.6% of Long Island youth 12-17 and 7.5% of adults 18 and over have a Substance Use Disorder.  Many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol also face untreated co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression and/or anxiety. As a result, demand for services is increasing, as CN Guidance & Counseling Services has expanded from serving 2,209 consumers 5 years ago to serving almost 7,000 today. Such growth is unprecedented in over 46 years of service.

“As we honor National Recovery Month, we are so grateful to receive these timely, critical, life-saving dollars, said Jeffrey Friedman, CEO of CN Guidance & Counseling Services. “ This funding enables us to further build our capacity during a time of great need.  It is a recognition of the vital work our agency does each and every day and we are proud to have been selected as one of only two agencies on LI to receive this federal funding to address the opioid crisis in New York State.”

“This opioid crisis devastates families and entire communities and we must do everything in our power to fight back against this very real threat to New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “It’s critical that we continue to lead the nation in implementing new, effective solutions to save lives, and this funding will provide the expanded services and treatment that those suffering from addiction so desperately need.”

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “Using the funding awarded under the first year of this grant we were able to expand and enhance critical initiatives across New York, and we are looking forward to doing the same in more communities this year. This funding will allow us to support important prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives to continue Governor Cuomo’s vision to combat addiction, and will allow more New Yorkers to access the services they need, closer to where they live.”

About CN Guidance & Counseling Services: Established in 1972, the purpose of CN Guidance & Counseling Services, a nonprofit organization, and the only state Certified Community Behavioral Health Center on Long Island, is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders by recognizing and addressing the integration of mental health and physical health. The organization leverages a holistic perspective, driven by its belief in the ability of every individual to recover.