Lowey Announces $899,964 for Rockland County Opioid Epidemic Treatment

October 28, 2020
Press Release

DOJ grant will be used to develop and implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced Rockland County has been awarded $899,964from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Site-Based Program (COSSAP). The Rockland County DA’s office will use this federal funding to create a new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program which research has shown to have a positive impact on treatment and assistance for low-level, non-violent drug offenders.

“Tragically, far too many have felt the effects of illicit opioid abuse throughout our country and in our local communities,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This additional funding will go a long way toward helping the Rockland County DA’s office identify those in need of treatment and support for opioid addiction. Illicit opioid use can extract a terrible price and we must do all what we can to help those who have become addicted.”

Early intervention and coordinated care efforts, the goals of the LEAD program, have consistently proven to be the best tools to combat the opioid epidemic.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said, "My office was awarded the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program Grant with the help of Congresswoman Nita Lowey. The grant will enable my office to initiate a comprehensive program to provide alternatives to incarceration for people with substance abuse issues. Our goal is to keep those individuals out of jail and get them the help they need to be productive citizens."

Congresswoman Lowey is a staunch supporter of efforts to assist those affected by illicit opioid use. In July, as Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey led the House in the passage of a fiscal year 2021 spending package that includes $412 million for grant programs authorized under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to help stem opioid abuse and prevent tragic overdoses.