DOH Awards $4 Million Grant to Help OASAS Treatment Sites Go Tobacco-Free
The Department of Health (DOH) has awarded a $4 million grant for training and technical assistance to help addiction service providers implement tobacco-free policies on their grounds and integrate tobacco dependence treatment in their programs.
Studies show that 60% to 90% of patients in addiction treatment programs are tobacco-dependent, and about 40% to 50% are heavy smokers. In addition, data show that 51% of deaths among addiction treatment patients were due to tobacco-related diseases.
DOH has awarded the grant to the Research Foundation of the State of New York’s Professional Development Program (PDP) at the Rockefeller College of the State University of New York, Albany. PDP will provide training and technical services for OASAS providers starting in the spring. – Cindy Levernois