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Mental Health Update

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March 31, 2023
Mental Health Update


Dear Provider,

Through Opioid Settlement Funds, OASAS is seeking applications for Connections to Care programs that will support the long-term substance use disorder (SUD) recovery and overall wellbeing of one or more of the following underserved, vulnerable target populations:

  • Pregnant or postpartum persons
  • Transitional youth, or individuals ages 18 through 25
  • Aging adults, or individuals ages 55 and older
  • Individuals diagnosed with or suspected to have a traumatic brain injury
  • Individuals diagnosed with or suspected to have a developmental disability
  • Individuals returning to the community from a carceral setting
  • Individuals transitioning from stabilization and withdrawal services or inpatient rehabilitation services

Organizations that elect to serve multiple target populations must identify one as primary.

Funding available:

$2,200,000 per year is currently available for Connections to Care Programs for a maximum of 11 awards; each award may be up to $200,000 per year for an anticipated three-year period; an eligible applicant can apply for a maximum of one award.

Eligible applicants:

  • Are voluntary agencies or local governmental units (LGU)

Meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Are OASAS-certified and/or funded by OASAS State Aid as of the Application due date;
  • Are an OMH Integrated Outpatient Services (IOS) – core requirements mental health and addiction;
  • Are a graduate of the OMH clinic initiative to support provision of MAT for Opioids and other addictions;
  • Are a behavioral health Independent Practice Association (IPA) or;
  • Are an entity applying as a lead agency for a SOR-funded regional network.

Application Deadline:  05/10/2023

Full RFA can be found at: Connections to Care | Office of Addiction Services and Supports (

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