New York Governor Hochul Signs Bill Hinchey for Substance Use Disorder Education and Recovery Funding – Daily Freeman
SAUGERTIES, NY – A bill pushed by Senator Michelle Hinchey to create a Substance Use Disorder Education and Recovery Fund has been enacted.
Governor Kathy Hochul signed the legislation (S.4086 / A.6553) allowing gifts on personal income tax returns for education and recovery from substance use disorders.
“The fight against substance use is a personal matter for me and I am proud to take action in New York to combat this epidemic,” Hochul said in a statement. “Allowing New Yorkers to support members of their community with these gifts is an invaluable way to make everyone work together to save lives. Those struggling with addiction issues deserve our help and support throughout their recovery and in New York we make sure they have just that.
The legislation creates a personal income tax levy to be known as the Substance Use Disorders Education and Recovery Fund.
Hinchey’s office said the money in this fund was to be used to provide grants to organizations that provide education, prevention, treatment or recovery to people with substance use disorders.
“The substance use disorder crisis has ravaged almost every corner of our state, claiming the lives of our loved ones and leaving devastated families and communities in its wake,” said Hinchey, D-Saugerties, who sponsored the bill. “Everyone has a role to play in overcoming the overdose epidemic and ending the stigma surrounding addiction.”
“Substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery programs save lives, and our bill ensures that these funds will go directly to the organizations responsible for this work,” Hinchey added.