Substance Use and Mental Health Services at a Crossroads

Behavioral health services must be strengthened to meet community needs. All too often, people with substance use and mental health disorders do not get the help they need. Behavioral health services are not available on-demand across New York State. A comprehensive continuum of prevention,...

Resources Are Needed to Address the Epidemic of Addiction and Overdose

In spite of the fact that seemingly every media outlet in New York has raised awareness about the epidemic of addiction and overdose related to prescription opioids and heroin, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has identified it as a priority. Although the New York State legislature has...

The Vital Role of Behavioral Health: Driving Better Health Outcomes by Integrating Services

Behavioral and physical healthcare in New York State are going through an unprecedented transformation. Medicaid redesign, implementation of a health benefit exchange, a transition from fee-for-service to managed behavioral healthcare, integration of behavioral health with primary healthcare,...

Supportive Housing and Job Development Anchors Individual, Family, and Community Health

Access to safe, affordable housing and stable living-wage employment are fundamental to long-term health, wellness, and recovery for individuals, families and communities. New York State efforts, such as the highly successful New York/New York III program, have been a cutting-edge example to the...

Behavioral Health Services Critical to Success of Managed Care in NYS

As New York State implements healthcare reform, Medicaid re-design, and the integration of primary care and behavioral healthcare, substance use and mental health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services will have to play an important role if the hoped for transformation is to be...

Behavioral Health Transformation: ASAP Provides Vision and Leadership

The New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. (ASAP) is committed to influencing public policy so that substance use disorders and problem gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery services providers and the people they serve have the best opportunity to succeed....