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Maloney Announces Nearly $2 Million Federal Investment for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in Orange County

Dec 17, 2018
Press Release

Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a $1,999,614 investment from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Access: Supports for Living, Inc. (ASFL) in Orange County. The investment, funded through HHS’ Center for Mental Health Services and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, will help promote the treatment of mental and behavioral health for 12,000 people in the Hudson Valley. Access: Supports for Living is in the process of being certified as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), an organization designed to streamline and improve the way that states deliver behavioral health services for Medicaid beneficiaries.

“Orange County has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the State of New York – we need all the help we can get to fight addiction and other mental health issues that are hurting our communities,” said Rep. Maloney. “This investment will ensure literally thousands of people get the help they need to get healthy again.”

“The team at Access: Supports for Living is thrilled to receive this award that will substantially increase access to mental health and substance abuse services for community members when they need it, close to home,” said Amy Anderson-Winchell, LCSW, President and CEO of Access: Supports for Living. “The integrated model, which includes the collaborative work of providers across Orange County, will eliminate existing gaps in behavioral health care, helping fight the opioid crisis, and promote recovery and wellness for more than 12,000 people in the Hudson Valley. We thank Congressman Maloney for his steadfast support of behavioral health treatment providers and the people we serve in the Hudson Valley.” 

Access: Supports For Living will, collaboratively with other providers in the community, use the funding to directly support adults and children seeking behavioral health services in Orange County. Originally founded in 1963, Access has grown to a more than $90 million non-profit serving over 10,000 people each year across the Hudson Valley. Services include behavioral health care, support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and support for families and children with a range of needs, including interaction with the child welfare system.

CCBHCs have shown tremendous results in improving access to mental and behavioral health treatment and addiction treatment. By providing a comprehensive range of mental health services to vulnerable individuals regardless of their ability to pay or location of residence, CCBHCs significantly improve the quality of community mental health and addiction services.

Rep. Maloney has been a leader on protecting public health and promoting mental health awareness and treatment in the Hudson Valley. Since taking office, he has brought home more than $1 million in funding to support local treatment and health centers. He’s also authored several pieces of legislation to this end, including the Opioid Review Modernization Act, and introduced bills that would revamp our criminal justice system for low-level offenders and help get critical antidotes to community members of the frontlines of the opioid epidemic.