ALBANY — Brooks-TLC Hospital System, which owns Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, has been awarded a grant to expand telepractice addiction services.
The system will receive $12,469 for the purchase and installation of equipment to enhance telepractice addiction services.
In announcing the grant, through the federal State Opioid Response program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the system will help those with addictions to seek out treatment and advice.
“As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we must also continue our focus tackling the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Cuomo said. “This investment in addiction treatment services will help ensure under served communities have the necessary resources to expand New Yorkers’ access to often life-saving services as we battle the deadly scourge of addiction.”
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, telepractice services are being utilized as a means of keeping individuals and families engaged in addiction services and supports. OASAS has temporarily waived certain regulatory requirements for providing telepractice during the pandemic. More than 600 program sites across the state are authorized to deliver telepractice services through the use of telephone and video technology.
Funding was awarded to 33 providers in all Regional Economic Development Zones across New York State. Funding can be used to purchase: PCs, software, monitors, speakers, laptops, keyboards, or webcams.