Urban League of Westchester Supports County’s Opioid Crisis Initiative

By Urban League of Westchester Published May 30, 2024

Westchester, NY, May 30, 2024 – The Urban League of Westchester is proud to announce its involvement in the County’s comprehensive initiative to combat the opioid crisis. In partnership with the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, over $4.1 million has been allocated to local organizations to tackle this pressing issue through treatment, prevention, recovery, harm reduction services, and other critical resources.

This funding stems from a 2019 lawsuit brought by New York State Attorney General Letitia James against various drug distributors and manufacturers. As a result, $5.8 million was awarded to Westchester County through New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) Regional Opioid Abatement Funding, with the first round of $4,118,841 being distributed now. Additional Request for Proposals will be released to address further identified needs.

The Urban League of Westchester is dedicated to providing harm reduction services as part of this initiative. Our efforts include distributing Naloxone (Narcan), a critical tool for preventing fatal overdoses, and conducting community outreach to educate and support those affected by substance use.

The Opioid Response and Overdose Prevention Initiative (ORI), launched by County Executive George Latimer in February 2022, has brought together multiple departments and agencies to address the opioid crisis effectively. This collaboration ensures a comprehensive approach to prevention, education, and support services for individuals and families impacted by addiction.

Our community plays a vital role in addressing this crisis. The Urban League of Westchester encourages residents to stay informed and participate in local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. By working together, we can make a significant impact on reducing overdose deaths and supporting those in recovery.

For more information and to watch the press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXLliQEEWg0