New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
OASAS plans, develops and regulates the state’s system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies. This includes the direct operation of 12 Addiction Treatment Centers, which provide inpatient rehabilitation services to 10,000 persons per year. In addition, the Office licenses, funds, and supervises some 1,300 local, community-based programs, chemical dependence treatment programs, which serve about 110,000 persons on any given day in a wide range of comprehensive services. The agency inspects and monitors these programs to guarantee quality of care and to ensure compliance with state and national standards.
The Office also monitors gambling and substance use and abuse trends in the state; provides a comprehensive education and prevention program through more than 1,550 programs based in schools and communities; promotes public awareness and citizen involvement through community action groups; pursues state, federal and private sources of funding for services; establishes linkages of services for clients in other human service agencies and criminal justice system; provides education and training for persons dealing with clients; and administers the credentialing of alcoholism and substance abuse counselors as well as prevention practitioners and prevention specialists.
OASAS is the designated single state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services.
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