LACK OF FUNDING TO FIGHT ADDICTION IN NY STATE BUDGET DRAWS CRITICISM
SI LIVE (3/05) | Luke Nasta, executive director of Camelot of Staten Island, has never held back on government response to the opioid crisis. [...] Nasta’s most recent criticism, and anger, is toward Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed Fiscal Year 2024 budget, which he said, “reflects the near invisible attention and state support required to address the ever-mounting drug misuse overdose deaths. [...] The FY 2024 proposed budget allocated $1.2 billion in funding to the state Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), [...] a net decrease of $240.3 million from FY 2023, which according to the proposal is “attributable to the removal of one-time appropriations for healthcare and mental hygiene worker bonuses and the Opioid Stewardship Fund” Cont.