For LI nonprofit, $600K for programs combatting drug addiction

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By Dan Sears

New York State has awarded $600,000 to a West Babylon nonprofit to help those combatting drug addiction.

With that funding, the Federation of Organizations for the New York State Mentally Disabled, a multi-service, community-based social wellness agency, aims to advance its comprehensive outpatient treatment programs for those suffering with addiction.

The award stems from the state’s opioid settlement fund from opioid manufacturers and is part of a $5.8 million distribution to similar programs throughout New York State.

“Integrating treatments and centralizing these programs makes them more easily accessible and increases their success rate,” State Sen. Monica Martinez said in a news release about the award.

“Long Island continues to be in the midst of a severe opioid crisis,” she added. “We need programs like this that guide those suffering from substance use disorders toward their road to recovery.”

Organizations that receive this funding are to offer outpatient treatment programs and opioid-treatment programs at the same location. This approach is designed to facilitate broad, people-centered services, particularly for opioid use disorder.

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Established as a nonprofit in 1972, the Federation of Organizations provides a wide range of health and wellness services, senior and children’s services, housing, and support services for thousands of vulnerable community members on Long Island and New York City, according to the news release. The agency’s Suffolk County community centers and clinics are in Patchogue, Copiague, Medford, and Wyandanch.


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