Yesterday, Odyssey House hosted a press conference announcing a new program designed to improve addiction treatment services in East Harlem. The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has awarded $190,000 to Odyssey House and Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System to support a new peer engagement specialist initiative.
Speakers included OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Odyssey House President & CEO Dr. Peter Provet, and Teri Friedman, Director, Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System. The two peer engagement specialists, Anita Kennedy (Mount Sinai) and Mark Fowler (Odyssey House), also addressed the crowd, describing their experiences within the recovery community and how they plan to conduct outreach to connect individuals in East Harlem with treatment services.
You can find more information in the press release. Below is the press coverage from the announcement:
- DNAinfo: K2 Epidemic Sparks $190,000-a-Year Drug Treatment Program in East Harlem
- New York Daily News: $190G grant for new program designed to improve addiction treatment services in East Harlem
- NY1: Two East Harlem Addiction Treatment Centers Benefit from New State Program (with video)
- El Diario: Initiative seeks to help drug addicts in East Harlem (Spanish)