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New York Service Opportunities to Access Recovery Successfully (NY SOARS)

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Individuals Served

The ATR/NY SOARS program has helped 2,583 individuals in recovery receive recovery support services as of May 2012.

Can ATR/ NY SOARS help you?

Check out the Individuals in Recovery page for more information about participating in ATR/NY SOARS.

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) is administering a $13.1 million grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This funding is dedicated to OASAS’ Access To Recovery (ATR) initiative called New York Service Opportunities for Accessing Recovery Successfully (NY SOARS).

ATR/ NY SOARS is a Federal initiative which provides electronic vouchers to adults with substance use disorders to help pay for a range of community-based recovery support services. More than 9,000 individuals are expected to be served over the 4-year grant period.

The goals of the program are to:

  • facilitate genuine individual choice and promote multiple pathways to recovery through the development and implementation of a substance use treatment and recovery support service voucher system;
  • expand access to a comprehensive array of clinical substance use treatment and recovery support services, including those provided through faith-based organizations; and
  • ensure each client receives an assessment for the appropriate level of services.

All services are designed to assist recipients to remain engaged in their recovery while promoting personal choice, person-centered care, independence, employment, self-sufficiency and stability.

ATR/ NY SOARS services for New York State are currently provided in three regions of New York State: Brooklyn, Rochester, and Delaware/Otsego counties. Each region has at least one Recovery Care Manager (RCM) that organizes and seeks to expand a network of Recovery Support Services (RSS) providers . These providers deliver a variety of support services including (but not limited to) employment skills, housing, transportation, life skills training, and assistance with access to health, mental health and dental services. RCMs also help to identify individuals’ problems and needs and issue vouchers to participants, enabling them to purchase approved services from the network of service providers.

Does your business or organization deliver services like those listed above in one of the three ATR/ NY SOARS regions? You could apply to become a RSS provider and participate in our program. If you would like more information about the ATR/ NY SOARS program, please review the Recovery Support Services (RSS) provider page.