HealthlinkNY Releases Report Finding as Part of National Recovery Month
Southern Tier Residents Support Funding for Addiction Treatment and Recovery Services.September 7th, 2018 - (Binghamton, New York) —September is National Recovery Month and HealthlinkNY officials were joined by Senator Fred Akshar, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, and representatives from Fairview Recovery Services as results from a Siena College Research Institute Survey were released. “Results from the poll show nearly a third of Southern Tier residents have either pursued treatment for opioid use or have a family member or close friend who have pursued treatment. While 40% know someone who has died due to an opioid overdose”; said Staci Romeo, Executive Director of HealthlinkNY. “For those struggling with addiction and the friends and family who love them, we want you to know you are not alone. Help is here. Healing is possible.” September marks National Recovery Month and this year’s theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in health, home, purpose, and community” are reinforced by findings in the Siena poll which show Southern Tier residents supporting funding for treatment and recovery services. In fact, 84% of Southern Tier residents support more funding for treatment and recovery services. New York State has launched a number of new initiatives in the past twelve months including the statewide network of Regional Addiction Resource Centers of which HealthlinkNY is the host for the Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center. Recovery Centers are another initiative launched in recent months to support adults in recovery. In the Southern Tier, Fairview Recovery Services operates the Voices Recovery Center in Binghamton. Gary Hartford, Director of the Voices Recovery Center notes, “Recovery is an individual process with many paths. At the Voices Recovery Center our goal is to provide a place where people can find community and feel supported in their recovery. At Voices, you are not alone.” Voices Recovery Center hosted an event on Saturday, September 8th in celebration of National Recovery Month. The event was at the Voices Recovery Center located at 340 Prospect Street in Binghamton from 10 am – 4 pm. The Sienna College Research Institute statewide poll was originally conducted earlier this year for Prescription for Progress: United Against Opioids. The expanded poll for the Southern Tier was funded in part by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center (STAR) is a regional partnership serving Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins County managed by HealthlinkNY. STAR is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to bring people together, leverage regional resources, and foster continued collaboration among individuals and organizations interested in reducing the impact of addiction in the Southern Tier. Help is here. Healing is possible. To find out about local resources call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. About HealthlinkNY HealthlinkNY is a regional nonprofit organization committed to improving health outcomes, increasing the quality of care, and improving the effective and efficient delivery of care at the individual and community level. Funded by the New York State Department of Health and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, HealthlinkNY operates the Health Information Exchange, Community Network, and Southern Tier Addiction Resource Center. HealthlinkNY connects health providers and patients to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), allowing participating clinicians to exchange patient records throughout New York State. The HealthlinkNY Community Network was created to provide a neutral forum for identifying, sharing, disseminating, and helping implement best practices and strategies to improve community health and reduce health disparities.