The OASAS: New York’s Answer to Providing Clinical Help to Recovering Addicts

Since the economic downturn in 2008  there has been a rise in substance abuse in general, and as a result, the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OASAS) has recently begun a large push to help and treat individuals suffering from addiction. OASAS has streamlined the process and regulations for opening outpatient drug and alcohol detox centers. The OASAS is a specially approved facility by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. You don’t need to be a physician or other professional to own an OASAS so long as you have the proper credentials; however they do require you to have certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors as well as other related professional staff. These professionals may include psychologists, nurse practitioners, detox counselors and nurse’s aides. They could also include other medical staff positions needed to operate the facility. There are different levels of treatment and patients for an OASAS come from a variety of sources enabling operators to branch out their services. These sources range from:

  • Programs with the court system for non-violent drug addicted offenders to reduce or eliminate their sentence is they complete a drug rehabilitation program overseen by the court.
  • The prison systems where many people coming out of prison are substance abusers and need to remain clean in order to comply with the terms of their parole and to get their life back together.
  • Various shelter projects have a high amount of recovering addicts in need of such a program.
  • Churches and other religious organizations might have counselors and programs that assist individuals on a counseling basis but need a greater amount of care for those individuals.

Treatment of individuals who have a chemical dependency is usually done in a group session.  The groups number around 15, and assist in the acceleration of the  recovery process. Reimbursement is generally either through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or private pay.

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