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New bills in Albany to help substance abuse programs

Jun 02, 2021 12:03 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that on June 1, New York lawmakers voted for a package of four bills meant to combat substance abuse issues. “The approved bills will make sure treatment providers aren’t penalized for receiving federal funds during the pandemic, and also push the state to compile and disseminate useful data on overdoses," said Senator Peter Hackham, a Democrat. "Additionally, residents entering nursing homes and assisted care will be asked about their veteran status to get them the right kind of care; and lake associations will get much-needed help in reducing contaminants.” Overdose deaths have been more numerous in New York and throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. One bill tracks if veterans are actually receiving benefits, another would gather data on non-fatal overdoses. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.