Hospital gets grant for addiction telepractice services

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Rome Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $15,000 state grant to help buy and install equipment for telepractice addiction services.

The state Office of Addiction Services and Supports granted temporary waivers to certain regulations for providing telepractice, or remote, services during the COVID-9 pandemic. The funds can be used to by computers, software, monitors, speakers, laptops, keyboards or webcams.

Funding for the initiative was provided through the federal State Opioid Response Grant and administered by Office of Addiction Services and Supports.

In 2016, the state’s Heroin Task Force recommended new, non-traditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubhouses, expanded peer services, and open access centers, which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website.

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