URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Funding for the Opioid Crisis in NYS Budget

March 20, 2018

 

In their one-house budget bills released last week both the Senate and the Assembly included funding aimed at addressing the opioid crisis. The Senate one-house put forth a number of policy proposals to address the epidemic. The Assembly included the Governor’s proposed surcharge on opioids with modifications to increase the surcharge to 2.5 cents per mg morphine equivalent, and with specific stipulations on how the surcharge is to be paid.

 

We have only a handful of days to make our voices heard and let our lawmakers know that we SUPPORT the opioid surcharge as a source of permanent and dedicated funding to address the crisis that would direct funding at SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services. If the Senate continues to reject the Surcharge as its’ identified mechanism to bring in new revenue to the field then it must also identify an alternative mechanism that will produce revenue to adequately address the crisis.

 

Please join us in this important advocacy and make a call TODAY and throughout this week to your Assemblymembers and especially your Senators with the message below.

MESSAGE FOR LAWMAKERS:

“I am calling today in support of the budget proposal to develop an opioid surcharge, and I ask for your support to ensure the surcharge is included in the final budget. As the desperate need for access to services grows due to the opioid epidemic, the state must create a permanent, dedicated and secure funding source devoted to addressing the crisis. The opioid surcharge should be a dedicated funding stream to support the expansion of life-saving substance use disorder prevention, treatment (including medically-assisted treatment) and recovery services across the state. There cannot be a budget deal that fails to identify a revenue mechanism that will deliver permanent and dedicate funds to OASAS at the levels required to get out in front of this epidemic.”

All of the members of the Assembly and the Senate should be contacted on this important issue, but in particular if you live in the district of the members of the General conference committee, or the joint committees on mental hygiene or health listed below, please make a call and share this alert with others in your district! THANK YOU!

2018 GENERAL BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

MEMBER

PHONE

ASSEMBLY
Speaker Carl  Heastie 518-455-3791
Helene Weinstein 518-455-5462
Joseph Morelle 518-455-5373
Earlene Hooper 518-455-5861
Jeffrion Aubry* 518-455-4561
Brian Kolb 518-455-3751
Bob Oaks* 518-455-5655
SENATE
John J. Flanagan 518-455-2071
Jeffrey D. Klein 518-455-3595
John A. DeFrancisco 518-455-3511
Catherine M. Young 518-455-3563
John Bonacic* 518-455-3181
Andrea Stewart-Cousins 518-455-2585
Liz Krueger* 518-455-2297

*Alternates

2018 JOINT BUDGET SUB-COMMITTEE – HEALTH

MEMBER

PHONE

ASSEMBLY
Richard Gottfried 518-455-4941
Kevin Cahill 518-455-4436
Donna Lupardo 518-455-5431
Maritza Davila 518-455-5537
Kimberly Jean-Pierre* 518-455-5787
Rebecca Seawright* 518-455-5676
Andrea Raia 518-455-5952
Daniel Stec* 518-455-5565
SENATE
Kemp Hannon 518-455-2200
David Valesky 518-455-2838
William Larkin 518-455-2770
Susan Serino 518-455-2945
Martin Golden* 518-455-2730
Gustavo Rivera 518-455-3395
Roxanne Persaud* 518-455-2788

*Alternates

2018 JOINT BUDGET SUB-COMMITTEE – MENTAL HYGIENE

MEMBER

PHONE

ASSEMBLY
Aileen Gunther 518-455-5355
Linda Rosenthal 518-455-5802
Angelo Santabarbara 518-455-5197
Diana Richardson 518-455-5262
David Buchwald* 518-455-5397
Pamela Hunter* 518-455-5383
Steve Hawley 518-455-5811
Mark Jones* 518-455-5784
SENATE
Robert Ortt 518-455-2024
Fred Akshar 518-455-2677
Chris Jacobs 518-455-3240
George Amedore 518-455-2350
Jesse Hamilton* 518-455-2431
John Brooks 518-455-2765
Jose Serrano* 518-455-2795

*Alternates