NYS Attorney General Letitia James Visits Community Health Action of Staten Island to Discuss Opioid Crisis

STATEN ISLAND, NY – On Monday, May 20, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Richmond County District Attorney Mike McMahon, and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo visited the Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) for a round-table discussion on the opioid crisis. CHASI, a member of Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare), has offered programs that support recovery for individuals living with substance use disorder on Staten Island for over 30 years.

“The opioid crisis is devastating communities throughout our entire state,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “In order to tackle this crisis, we must take legal action against those responsible, but also support the organizations on the frontlines providing critical care to those struggling with addiction. I thank CHASI and Brightpoint, a member of Hudson River Health Care, for all the work they are doing each and every day for New Yorkers who have been impacted.”

“HRHCare provides comprehensive, expert opioid and other substance use disorder treatment services across our network of care,” said HRHCare Deputy Executive Officer and CFO Jim Sinkoff.“Our thanks to Attorney General James for partnering with us to address the current opioid use disorder crisis and keep New York State in good health.”

“The programs on Staten Island delivered by CHASI and Brightpoint address the continuum of care across substance use disorders,” said CHASI Executive Director Diane Arneth. “From harm reduction to recovery readiness through treatment and support, we recognize that people move across this continuum, and we work with folks to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of substance use on the individual, the family and the community. “

During the discussion, the CHASI team shared with the Attorney General how CHASI partners with the Staten Island District Attorney’s office and two local hospital systems to keep community members healthy and out of the justice system by engaging them in personalized care plans that address their individual needs. Community health centers and their partner organizations continue to offer a unique and effective way to combat the opioid crisis and keep Staten Island and other communities in good health.

CHASI’s innovative approach, in collaboration with other community-based organizations, provides a wide array of treatments and support services for individuals living with opioid use disorder, including:

  • 24/7 access to the Next Step Resource and Recovery Center, offering certified peer mentorship for crisis intervention or recovery support, workshops, and linkage to other services including domestic violence assistance, a food pantry, and chronic disease management services
  • The Harm Reduction Health Hub, providing services including syringe exchanges, HIV and hepatitis testing, and Narcan training
  • Outpatient services, including group and individual counseling and primary medical care, at the Brightpoint Addiction Treatment Center

Following the discussion, the group toured the CHASI Next Step Resource and Recovery Center and the Brightpoint Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center, located at 26 and 56 Bay Street respectively.

About Hudson River Health Care

Founded over 40 years ago as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) is one of the nation’s largest community health providers. The HRHCare network of 43 health centers throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island provides affordable, accessible care to over 225,000 patients annually. The network’s exceptional primary care practitioners, specialists, and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for convenient, high-quality care for all. In 2018, Brightpoint Health, an FQHC network with sites in all five boroughs of New York City, joined HRHCare.

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Jeffrey Palmer

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