News Summer 2016

Summer 2016

Dear Friends of NADAP,

In May 2016, New York State Governor Cuomo announced the formation of a Statewide Task Force to combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic that is devastating families and communities across our state. Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in New York, and opiate addiction has become an ‘equal opportunity’ threat to anyone, regardless of age, income, race or ethnicity, urban or rural living. Sharing the great concern for the health and lives of New Yorkers, NADAP will cheer on the highly experienced members of the Task Force to create effective policies and initiatives that reach into every corner of New York to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

Through NADAP’s Health Insurance Enrollment, Care Coordination, Assessment and Referral, and Intensive Case Management programs, we will continue to do our part to ensure that those suffering from opioid addiction have immediate access to all available healthcare resources, including detox, quality treatment, healthcare, and other recovery support services. Regardless of whether they come to us via a Health Home, the criminal justice system, or as applicants of public benefits, our trained and committed staff will not let up until individuals and families are securely connected to care and have a chance at recovery!

With best wishes,

John A. Darin
President & CEO

NADAP is Ready for HCBS Referrals!

Since January 2016, Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers with a significant substance use disorder and/or mental illness are eligible for an array of home and community-based services (HCBS) that focus on maximizing their recovery, independence, and community participation. Clients enrolled in the newly established Medicaid Managed Care Health and Recovery Plans (HARP) have access to HCBS peer support, psycho-social rehabilitation, crisis respite, family supports as well as educational, vocational, and other empowering services, depending on their assessed needs.

For 45 years, NADAP has helped individuals with behavioral health and other barriers prepare for and find employment, and we are pleased to extend our comprehensive employment services to HCBS-eligible New Yorkers, collaborate with their Care Coordinators, and participate in each person’s network of care. Our professional staff offer:

  • Pre-vocational services,
  • Intensive employment supports, and
  • Ongoing employment supports

All services are highly individualized and flexible. NADAP is contracted with the major Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and able to serve clients enrolled in these HARPs: United Healthcare/Optum – Wellness4Me; HealthFirst – Personal Wellness Plan; Fidelis – Healthier Life; and Beacon Health Options (including Amida Care, Affinity Health Plan, MetroPlus, EmblemHealth, and other affiliated health plans).

For more information or to arrange a referral, please contact
Mr. Jonathan Richards, at (212) 986-1170 ext 133 or

NADAP Contributes to Regional Summit on
Healthcare Access for Re-Entry Persons

In April, NADAP’s CEO and President John A. Darin served as an invited panelist at the first Regional Summit that addressed Healthcare Access for Re-Entry/Justice-Involved Persons in NJ and NY. Presented by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Seton Hall University School of Law, the summit included speakers and stakeholders from the federal, state, and local level who discussed the healthcare needs of individuals returning from incarceration or under community supervision.

RegionalSummit2016Sharing the stage with esteemed colleagues from other local provider organizations, John shared NADAP’s innovative strategies for engaging justice-involved persons in health insurance enrollment and healthcare coordination services; these services greatly increase participants’ access to healthcare resources for both physical and behavioral health conditions. In his presentation, John stressed that the success of these services for former offenders greatly depends on engaging them as soon as possible following their release, if not before. To this end, NADAP maintains close collaboration with criminal justice agencies and other re-entry providers so that we can establish early points of contact.

NADAP Receives Community Ambassador Award

Earlier this year, NADAP was presented with the Community Ambassador Award by Year Up, a national not-for-profit organization with services in New York City. Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year through intensive vocational training and real-life internship opportunities. NADAP is proud to partner with Year Up-New York through our Health Insurance Navigator Program, which has enrolled over 120 Year Up students and family members in the NY State of Health Insurance Marketplace for the past three classes. At their most recent Graduation Ceremony, the Year Up team recognized our staff’s “tireless commitment to Year Up and the young people we serve!!”Community Ambassador Award

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