OASAS Office Hours for Frontline Staff

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) at the State University at Buffalo to support to our heroic frontline staff during this global pandemic.

For the next two months, we will be offering “Office Hours” conducted by Dr. Susan Green and Samantha Koury, MSW, from ITTIC. They will available to assist direct care staff in developing practical approaches to dealing with trauma. Participants will learn basic skills on the“topic of the day,” which will change every two weeks, and will havean opportunity to discuss with their colleagues and peers how they are coping with issues of stress, anxiety, and loss related to the current state of our communities. Each participant will receive resources on how to continue addressing the issues discussed.

Office Hours are being offered to five specific audiences, with dedicated sessions for each:

  1. The peer workforce
  2. Direct care staff in inpatient and residential settings
  3. Direct care staff in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) and community-based settings
  4. Program directors and Administrators
  5. Prevention program staff