Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Harm Reduction (HR) as Chosen Pathways to Recovery
We support multiple pathways to recovery, including MAT where therapeutic support is recommended but not mandated. Rapid MAT access and linkage to peers should be the goal. There is overwhelming evidence that abstinence-based recovery is not effective for a significant percentage of those affected and that MAT is the standard of care for Opioid Use Disorders.
Improve Outcomes for Those in Treatment and Recovery with a History of Criminal Justice Involvement
We support the removal of barriers that make it difficult for individuals with criminal records to access treatment, sustain recovery and access fair housing, employment, healthcare, and education. Additionally, we support providing those leaving the criminal justice system or mandatory rehabilitation with MAT whenever needed in order to maximize sustained recovery outcomes and prevent overdose upon re-entry in the community.
Trauma Informed Recovery Services and Evidence Based Treatment
Recovery studies and programs should continue to look at trauma as an addiction risk indicator. Related care for those in treatment and recovery should be trauma informed. We must insist that treatment is Evidence Based to ensure that all those seeking and accessing services are able to maximize their chances of effecting positive change and finding long term recovery.
 [Recent evidence suggests that when individuals are treated as a resource in their recovery choices they connect with supports that yield sustainable recovery. (see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16870915/)]
Insurance Parity Enforced with Expanded Access to Addiction Treatment
We urge the Governor and NYS Legislature to continue working to enforce parity laws in New York,
and hold insurance companies accountable- Insurers must allow unfettered access to at least 14 days of inpatient treatment and we must continue to educate the public about injustices that exist in their coverages at present.
Justice for Lost Loved Ones
Support Lawsuits Holding Opioid Companies Accountable
Demand that revenue generated by lawsuits and other compensation considerations is earmarked specifically to support prevention, treatment and recovery.
Family Harm/Loss Register
Family members nationwide are working to find a way for people to list any legal action they are taking against insurance companies. A coordinated “register” would facilitate communication between plaintiffs, help identify common ground and perhaps similar grievances against insurers, who continue to dodge, deny, and delay. This initiative may very well encourage other affected families to come forward as well.
Asset Forfeiture Funds
We recommend that all asset forfeiture money in the Chemical Dependence Service Fund (Section 97-W/State Finance Law) be allocated to OASAS and invested in the expansion of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. These funds should be dedicated solely for their intended purposes as described.
Educational Campaigns/Ending Negative Public Perception
Hope in Recovery Campaign
Invest resources in a campaign to educate the public about the power and promise of recovery. Education is the key to ending negative public perception. Highlight lived experience and long-term recovery.
Continue to eliminate pejorative language and transform to align with a modern, compassionate, healthcare approach.