FCA To Open Family Support Navigator Program on Long Island NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Awards FCA $100,000 to Help Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorders

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MINEOLA, NY, September 6th, 2017 – Family & Children’s Association (FCA) will be one of two agencies on Long Island to run a New York State (NYS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) funded program to combat addiction and help struggling families with substance use disorders.

Earlier today, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced several new initiatives aimed to combat addiction including a $25.6 million treatment center on Ward’s Island, new regulations and guidance requiring insurers to cover addiction treatment and eliminate barriers to coverage, two new recovery centers in Queens and the Bronx and three Family Support Navigators Program, two on Long Island and one in New York City.

FCA President/CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds said of the recent news, “Families on Long Island struggling with addiction have had few options when confronted with gaps in service and understanding the complexities of insurance. These hurdles make it that much more difficult for families to find quality treatment and recovery they could afford for themselves or a loved one. FCA is grateful for receiving support from NYS Governor Cuomo and NYS OASAS’s initiatives to combat addiction and make innovative programs like the Family Support Navigator program a reality on Long Island and beyond. ”

The Family Support Navigator program will employ staff who will help families understand the process of engaging in treatment programs as well as understand the complexities of insurance, increasing the likelihood of successful admission to a qualified treatment program.

The news comes a few days after the start of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-sponsored Recovery Month, a robust campaign bringing awareness to families and communities struggling with substance use disorders.

 

 About Family & Children’s Association

Family & Children’s Association is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Services; Educational Opportunities and Life Skills for Youth; Strategies for Building Family Success; Counseling, Services and Support for Adults and Seniors; Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth, Adults and Veterans; and Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Communities.

Family & Children’s Association has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.

For more information about Family & Children’s Association, visit: https://www.familyandchildrens.org/

 

 

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