ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday announced more than $9 million in federal funding has been secured to expand opioid addiction treatment services across the state.

This funding includes $5.7 million to expand access to medication assisted treatment, $2.1 million to develop new recovery centers in areas of high need, and over $1.3 million for specialized treatment and recovery programs. These initiatives are being funded through the State Opioid Response Grant, which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

"As the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities across the state, we are as committed as ever to expanding and enhancing programs that provide critical options for treatment," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to take aggressive action to combat this crisis and work to ensure these lifesaving services are available to any New Yorker who needs them."

"I have heard firsthand from countless families across the state who have felt the impact of addiction," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force. "This epidemic is claiming too many lives prematurely, and we refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch it continue. With this investment, New York is reinforcing our steadfast commitment to combat this crisis and help individuals on the road to recovery."

"This funding is crucial to our efforts to address addiction in communities throughout the state," New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. "These projects will build on the nation-leading work that we have already done here in New York, and result in more services, and more lives being saved."

The following initiatives are included in the funding:

$3.9 million to increase access to services, including hiring or contracting for additional buprenorphine prescribers in 26 counties including Allegany, Steuben, Chemung and Livingston. Each county will have the flexibility to develop resources and services to address the specific needs within the county. Services can include mobile treatment services, increased use of peers, telehealth, increased prescriber capacity, or other options.

Other initiative include expanding medication assisted treatment, peer recovery programs and expanded EMS training for interacting with opioid intoxicated patients.

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said, "The opioid epidemic requires an all-hands-on-deck and an all-of-the-above approach, meaning partnership between federal investment and New York state implementation of impactful prevention and treatment programs through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This critical federal funding that we secured is another major step in New York State's effort to push back against the all-too-deadly opioid crisis, and I'll keep fighting in the Senate for the investments we need to rid our state of this scourge."

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).