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
|Speaker Carl Heastie||518-455-3791|
|John J. Flanagan||518-455-2071|
|Jeffrey D. Klein||518-455-3595|
|John A. DeFrancisco||518-455-3511|
|Catherine M. Young||518-455-3563|
2018 JOINT BUDGET SUB-COMMITTEE – HEALTH
2018 JOINT BUDGET SUB-COMMITTEE – MENTAL HYGIENE