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February 3, 2016
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal questioned Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, on the proposed funding for OASAS at the Mental Hygiene Joint Budget Hearing . "Every day we see headlines across the state about the far ranging impacts of heroin and opioid epidemic on our families. Yet the proposed 2016-2017 Executive Budget maintains essentially flat or minuscule increase for OASAS (New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services), the agency directly responsible for the allocation of prevention, treatment and recovery services. I believe the lack of additional funding support for this essential agency displays a lack of commitment to one of the most vulnerable populations in the state," said Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal.