Hicksville, NY – Surrounded by state and local dignitaries as well as organizations, advocates and individuals fighting to put an end to the local opioid crisis, CN Guidance & Counseling Services unveiled its new, state-of-the-art mobile recovery unit at a press conference on February 25, 2019 at its Hicksville headquarters. New York State awarded funding to CN Guidance & Counseling Services to expand the nonprofit organization’s substance addiction services in Nassau County via the mobile recovery unit, the first of its kind in the county. CN Guidance & Counseling Services works to improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by substance use disorders and/or mental health.
“Many people are not able to travel to receive the help that they need for addiction,” said Arlene González-Sánchez, Commissioner, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). “With this new mobile unit, people will be connected directly to the critical services that they need, allowing them to receive help in their own communities. These mobile treatment units have been an important tool in our efforts to fight the opioid epidemic and expand access to treatment in every community in New York State.”
The mobile recovery unit will offer substance use disorder treatment services, specifically medication- assisted treatment for heroin/opiate use, to individuals throughout Nassau County. Outreach specialists will bring individuals or family members affected by substance use disorders to the mobile unit. Once aboard, they will be served by a registered nurse, case worker, and two clinicians utilizing tele-psychiatry equipment to connect patients with doctors at CN Guidance & Counseling Services’ headquarters. The mobile team will provide real-time interaction and an appropriate level of pre-engagement, engagement, and treatment in a private environment.
Those attending the press conference included NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Long Island Field Office Regional Coordinator Antonette Whyte-Etere; members of the New York State Senate and Assembly; Nassau and Suffolk County legislators; Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino; the NYS Office of Mental Health; CN Guidance & Counseling Services’ executives, board of directors, mobile recovery unit team and staff; individuals who are in recovery from substance use; and other guests.
“We are grateful to be in a position to utilize this much-needed funding to help address the opioid crisis in our communities,” said Jeffrey Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, CN Guidance & Counseling Services. “The mobile recovery unit will help connect individuals and loved ones directly with treatment and recovery resources. For the first time, we will be able to work outside our four walls. The mobile recovery unit will be a vital resource in increasing access to care and preventing opioid overdoses for the most vulnerable in our communities.”
The mobile recovery unit will offer various means of access, primarily traveling on a scheduled basis to key communities in Nassau County. In addition, those in need will have the option to schedule a mobile recovery unit visit to their home by contacting CN Guidance & Counseling Services directly. To view upcoming town visits or to schedule a home appointment, residents may access the organization’s dedicated landing page: www.cnguidance.org/MRU.
“We have made it our mission to address this problem from every angle,” said Mary Silberstein, Division Director of Integrated Counseling & Recovery Services, CN Guidance & Counseling Services. “The mobile recovery unit is another tool in our team’s aggressive approach to help prevent addiction, reduce stigma, offer treatment and ultimately, save lives. We believe this direct level of accessibility to medication-assisted treatment will make a difference.”
CN Guidance & Counseling Services launched the mobile recovery unit as part of its Center of Treatment Innovation (COTI) program spearheaded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. CN Guidance & Counseling Services will be the first in Nassau County to offer this type of service to residents suffering from a substance use disorder.
Over the past five years, amidst the growing opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of thousands of Long Island residents, CN Guidance & Counseling Services has aggressively led the charge toward residents’ recovery, providing substance use disorder and mental health treatment and related services. In the last two years alone, more than 1,000 Long Islanders died from the opioid crisis. Demand for the organization’s services has increased to 7,000 residents, from 2,000 only five years ago.
For more information on the mobile recovery unit, please visit www.cnguidance.org/MRU.
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