FINCH ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE RESOURCE TO SHEPHERD INDIVIDUALS TO ADDICTION TREATMENT Stresses that much more work must be done to fight the scourge of heroin epidemic

Posted by on February 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2016

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) today announced a new initiative from New York State designed to connect those in need of addiction treatment to openings at rehabilitation facilities. The application https://bi1.oasas.ny.gov/analytics/saw.dll?Dashboard updates in real time and shows New Yorkers their best options for getting treatment as quickly as possible.

“This application was built through funding we fought for in 2014 to modernize our approach to addressing addiction, both philosophically and by embracing new technology,” said Finch. “It is a useful tool. The fact that vacancies are updated in real time is a major step forward. We need to continue harnessing new technologies to make government work more efficiently for our families.”

New Yorkers struggling with addiction and their families can receive counsel and advice by calling the State’s HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (467369).

Finch echoed his central message of this session when he noted that New Yorkers using the dashboard deserve to see more options when they log on.

“We need more treatment facilities, there is no question,” said Finch. “We need more state funding to ensure that addicts who have the strength to come forward and address these debilitating mental health problems have access to comprehensive detox, rehabilitation and thorough follow-up care.

“This application is clearly useful, but we cannot become complacent. This fight isn’t going to be won by a new website. It’s going to be won by changing minds, winning hearts to the idea that addiction can happen to anyone and reach any family. It’s going to be won in treatment facilities, it’s going to be won by first responders, and it’s going to be won by insurance executives who realize we can’t be throwing working people out of rehab centers while they’re waging a fight for their life. It’s going to be won by all of us together or none of us at all. As legislators, our responsibility is to convince the governor that we need to commit serious funding to this, because it’s a fight that we can’t lose. It is literally life or death,” said Finch.

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