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OASAS Overview

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To improve the lives of all New Yorkers by leading a comprehensive premier system of addiction services for prevention, treatment, and recovery


A future where New York State is alcohol safe and free from chemical dependence and compulsive gambling.


The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with nearly 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs. OASAS chemical dependence treatment programs assist about 100,000 people a day and approximately 240,000 individuals every year.


  • Provides accessible, cost-effective quality services
  • Strengthens communities, schools and families through prevention
  • Improves lives through treatment
  • Meets individual needs through specialized services
  • Fosters partnerships for improved services
  • Links programs with research to improve results
  • Plans for the future to improve and strengthen prevention and treatment
  • Promotes a productive, well-trained workforce
  • Provides hope for happier, productive lives

OASAS plans, develops and regulates the state’s system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies. This includes the direct operation of 12 Addiction Treatment Centers, which provide inpatient rehabilitation services to 8,000 persons per year. The agency inspects and monitors the nearly 1,000 chemical dependence programs to guarantee quality of care and to ensure compliance with state and national standards.

The Office also monitors gambling and substance use and abuse trends in the state; provides a comprehensive education and prevention program through more than 200 school- and community-based providers; promotes public awareness and citizen involvement through community action groups; pursues state, federal and private sources of funding for services; links clients served by other agencies and within the criminal justice system to addiction services; provides education and training for persons dealing with clients; and administers the credentialing of alcoholism and substance abuse counselors as well as prevention practitioners and prevention specialists.

OASAS is the single designated state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services.

OASAS Outcomes Dashboards PDF Document

The OASAS 2013 Outcomes Dashboard identifies the agency's five core destinations and the twelve key metrics used to measure progress. The Dashboard serves as a roadmap to maintain mission focus and address the prevention, treatment and recovery needs of New Yorkers. It is part of an ongoing effort to integrate outcomes management  into the operations of the agency and the addictions field.

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