NASSAU COUNTY’S NEW SHOT AT LIFE –PATHWAYS TO RECOVERY PROGRAM

BY EDEN LAIKIN
A study of 250 Heroin or Opiate – addicted people in Russia, found that nearly 70% of those studied, had successfully stopped using drugs, and, lost the desire for them – with the help of a medication called Vivitrol.

That study led to FDA approval of Vivitrol as a medication to treat Opioid dependence, and, prevent relapse.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, on Wednesday, was joined by his wife, Linda – a drug prevention advocate – to announce the launch of Nassau’s new Vivitrol program – “A Shot at Life” Pathway to Recovery.

The County will require that the monthly injection of the extended-release Vivitrol – Nassau’s latest weapon to combat the Heroin epidemic – be accompanied by weekly individual and group counseling sessions, County Executive Mangano said.

Yesterday’s announcement, at an emotional press conference featuring parents who lost children to addiction and young people now in recovery with Vivitrol – made Nassau County the first County in NYS to offer this comprehensive approach to Opiate Treatment and Recovery.
Unlike other long-used medication-assisted treatment “daily” programs, Vivitrol is non-addictive, can’t be abused and has been shown to prevent relapse and decrease recidivism and incarceration.
Nassau’s Vivitrol program has already begun to be offered as a 3rd potential treatment track for Opioid-dependent individuals, on an outpatient basis, at the County’s Opioid Treatment Program in Building K of Nassau University Medical Center.
If someone would like to be screened for possible admission into the County’s “Shot at Life” program, in an outpatient treatment setting, can call the clinic’s intake number at 572-5801.
The initial participants in the County’s Vivitrol program were referred by the inpatient addiction rehabilitation unit at Nassau University Medical Center, the County’s partner in this program. Those participants will continue their care either at NUMC’s newly opened “naltrexone injection clinic” in the hospital’s J-Bldg; or, at the County’s treatment clinic in Building K.
Currently, the J Clinic at NUMC is only for patients started on naltrexone during their inpatient stay on the addiction rehab unit, and then discharged to outpatient continuing care programs which do not offer naltrexone.
If an individual wishes to be screened for admission to the NUMC addiction rehab unit may call the unit’s intake number at 572-9402. Those who are actively addicted may need to be admitted first to the detox unit, and then transferred to the rehab unit, where they will be evaluated for the Vivitrol injections. The detox screening number is 572-6740.

For more information on Nassau’s newly announced Shot at Life – Pathway to Recovery program, call its 24/7 Substance Abuse and Mental Health information and referral line, at 227-TALK (that’s 227-8255).
County Executive Mangano said the new program has the potential not only to save lives, but also dollars, by decreasing recidivism, incarceration and costly emergency room visits.

Vivitrol caps the Opiate receptors in the brain, blocking the drug’s euphoric effects thereby preventing relapse.

“My administration has combated heroin and opioid abuse through a comprehensive strategy that includes enhanced enforcement, education and awareness,” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County is now offering those battling addiction ‘A Shot at Life’ and freedom from narcotics. Vivitrol must be paired with counseling to achieve the very best rate of total drug free independence and recovery. The medication offers the brain time to heal, allowing in the message of recovery.”

To be eligible for Vivitrol, individuals must be detoxified and Opioid-free for 7-10 days.
Vivitrol is covered by most major insurance companies; Medicare, including Part D; and Medicaid, including Medicaid Managed Care.
And, Vivitrol manufacturer Alkermes, Inc, offers up to $500 to cover an individual’s co-pay or toward the cost of the shot for those without insurance or who are “Medicaid pending.” There is no income limit to be eligible for the discount program.

Statistics indicate that 51 people died of heroin overdoses in 2014 and another 123 people died of prescription drug overdoses. There were 15 Opioid overdose deaths just in January, of 2015, according to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Drug abuse involving prescription medicines also accounted for 1.3 million emergency room visits in 2010, with 1.2 million visits for illegal drugs, according to the federal Drug Abuse Warning Network.
“Addiction is not only deadly, it’s also a costly national problem,” County Executive Mangano said.
Since taking office in 2010, the Mangano administration has battled prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic, by providing drug abuse prevention initiatives in schools and training more than 3,500 ordinary citizens on how to recognize an Opioid overdose and reverse its affects by administering Narcan, to give people a second chance at recovery. In October 2014, County Executive Mangano, in conjunction with the Long Island Crisis Center, launched a new 24 hour a day, seven day a week Mental Health Substance Abuse information and referral Helpline, (516) 227-TALK. All calls are confidential.

Studies show that a very small percentage of those addicted, ever get treatment.

In fact, in the first three quarters of 2013, for example, 4,409 individuals sought detox services in Nassau County’s one and only inpatient facility at NUMC; Of those, just 1,157 were admitted; 3,252 were turned away – many for denial of insurance coverage.

Last week, County Executive Mangano successfully advocated for $381,000 in state funding, earmarked to open several outpatient detoxification centers in the County, to help those addicted, get on to the Vivitrol program.

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MS. NEW YORK SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT SEEKS CONTESTANTS

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the 2015 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant is seeking contestants, over the age of 60, with stage talent. To participate, please contact Director Marleen Schuss at (516) 678-3242 or marleenschuss@aol.com.

The 2015 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant will take place on May 3rd at Hofstra University. The pageant returns to Nassau County for a second year in a row after having been held in Suffolk County for many years. The New York Senior America Organization features 15 women contestants aged 60 years or older, who best exemplify the qualities of the modern dynamic senior. The winning 2015 Queen will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

An array of talent will be on display, including singers, dancers, and musicians. The pageant consists of four categories: a personal interview; a recitation of their philosophy of life; an evening gown presentation; and a talent performance. The judges will select the “Queen and her Court” and the winner will go on to Atlantic City in October to compete with queens from other states for the coveted National Crown and title of Ms. Senior America.

Reserved seating for the 2015 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant is available for $25 per person. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets, please call Dolores Meglio at (631) 249-0258. For more information please visit the website http://www.newyorksenioramerica.org.

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MANGANO TO DELIVER STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will deliver his State of the County Address on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Twin Rinks, located in Eisenhower Park at 200 Merrick Avenue in East Meadow. The Address will be carried live on News12 and FiOS1 at 7:00 p.m.

Members of the media are asked to arrive by 6:15 p.m. with NCPD press credentials. If any members of the media do not have credentials and are interested in attending, please contact Katie Grilli-Robles at (516) 571-4225. Please RSVP by Friday, March 6, 2015.
WHEN:
7:00 p.m.
(Media must arrive by 6:15 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WHERE:
Twin Rinks
Eisenhower Park
200 Merrick Avenue
East Meadow, New York

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will host a celebration in recognition of Black History Month on Thursday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, located at 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola.

County Executive Mangano invites residents to attend as we celebrate the contributions of African Americans in Nassau County government by recognizing the accomplishments of Deputy County Executive Eric C. Naughton, Deputy County Executive Dr. Phillip E. Elliott, County Treasurer Beaumont Jefferson, Deputy Comptroller James Garner, and Judge Jerald S. Carter, Assistant District Attorney Dana Redway Boylan, NCPD Inspector Keechant Sewell, NCPD Sergeant Debbie Lewis, and Judge Andrea Phoenix. In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Recognition Award will be presented to Former Deputy County Executive Robert Olden.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements of African Americans in United States history. Celebrations grew out of “Negro History Week,” created by noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2015 theme for African American History Month is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

WHEN:
5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

WHERE:
Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue
Ceremonial Chambers, 2nd Floor
Mineola, New York

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES “A SHOT AT LIFE” DRUG TREATMENT TRIAL

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in partnership with Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), today launched a new, innovative drug treatment program that has been widely proven to reduce the cravings for heroin and other Opiates, block users from “getting high” and prevent relapse.

“A Shot at Life” – Nassau’s new Pathway to Recovery program, provides counseling with monthly injections of the non-narcotic medication Vivitrol, which caps the Opiate receptors in the brain, blocking the drug’s euphoric effects. Unlike other “daily dose” medications long-used to treat Opiate and heroin addiction, Vivitrol cannot be abused, is non-addictive and has had great success with several local doctors, and in at least 20 other states. At no cost to County taxpayers, Nassau’s drug treatment program may be expanded after its initial trial.

“My administration has combated heroin and opioid abuse through a comprehensive strategy that includes enhanced enforcement, education and awareness,” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County is now offering those battling addiction ‘A Shot at Life’ and freedom from narcotics. Vivitrol must be paired with counseling to achieve the very best rate of total drug free independence and recovery. It offers the brain time to heal and has the potential to save lives while decreasing recidivism and incarceration.”

“We are pleased to partner with County Executive Mangano and County officials in their launch of a Vivitrol program to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. Combined with counseling and education, those battling with addiction will have a better chance of recovery, thanks to Vivitrol and the program, ‘A Shot at Life’,” said Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, NuHeath/NUMC President/CEO.

This month, County Executive Mangano secured $328,000 in State funding from Governor Cuomo for several outpatient detoxification centers in the County, to help those addicted enroll in the Vivitrol program. To be eligible for Vivitrol, individuals must be detoxified and Opioid-free for 7-10 days. Nassau County’s Opioid Treatment Program has begun receiving referrals from NUMC’s rehabilitation program, which screens Opiate-addicted individuals for eligibility in the Pathway to Recovery program trial. In addition to Vivitrol, these individuals will receive treatment/recovery planning and review, individual counseling, group counseling, case coordination and toxicology testing. The Pathway to Recovery program requires medical insurance; Medicare, including Part D; and Medicaid, including Medicaid Managed Care; or private pay. Vivitrol manufacturer Alkermes, Inc. offers up to $500 to cover an individual’s co-pay or toward the cost of the monthly shot for those without insurance or who are Medicaid-pending. There is no income limit to be eligible for the discount program.

Statistics from the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office indicate that 51 people died of heroin overdoses in 2014 and another 123 people died of prescription drug overdoses. Approximately 15 overdose deaths occurred in January of 2015 according to Police Department records. National statistics indicate that drug abuse involving prescription medicines also accounted for 1.3 million emergency room visits in 2010, with 1.2 million visits for illegal drugs, according to the Federal Drug Abuse Warning Network.

Since taking office in 2010, the Mangano administration has battled prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic, by providing drug abuse prevention initiatives in schools and training more than 3,500 ordinary citizens on how to recognize an Opioid overdose and reverse its affects by administering Narcan, to give people a second chance at recovery.

In October 2014, County Executive Mangano, in conjunction with the Long Island Crisis Center, launched a new 24 hour a day, seven day a week Mental Health Substance Abuse information and referral Helpline, (516) 227-TALK. This Helpline provides additional information for enrolling in the Pathway to Recovery program. All calls are confidential.

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Mangano Announces State and Federal Help for Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

By eden laikin

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano thanked state officials yesterday for committing an additional $150 million to improve the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant and facilitate mid-stage level nitrogen treatment at the facility.

Mangano also thanked Governor Cuomo for his “unending support,” and both called on the federal government to provide $550 million to fund the remainder of the project, which would allow the construction of an outfall pipe into the Atlantic Ocean.

The County Executive thanked Jon Kaiman – Long Island Advisor for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery – who stood with him at the County offices in Mineola yesterday to announce the $150 million in funds.

The major infrastructure initiative aims to address damage caused by recent storms− including Superstorm Sandy− while protecting the coastal resiliency of southern Nassau County and enhancing water quality.

A massive tidal surge from Superstorm Sandy, 2 ½ years ago, submerged the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in 9 feet of sea water. That surge knocked the plant out of operation and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the plant.

The Mangano administration – in partnership with Federal and State response teams – worked tirelessly to get the plant operational and prevent a major environmental crisis.

“Serious work continues today at the Plant – and the job of rebuilding could only be accomplished with the assistance of Governor Cuomo and the Federal government,” County Executive Mangano said.

To date, the Federal and State governments have committed $830 million to strengthen and repair this critical part of Nassau County’s infrastructure.

“Today, we take another step forward with Governor Cuomo’s commitment of $150 million for process improvements to reduce nitrogen concentration in the effluent and help restore health to the Western Bays,” Mangano added. “This financial commitment of $150 million gets us closer to the $700 million solution needed for Bay Park.”

He said the remaining $550 million is needed, from FEMA, to construct a two-mile Ocean Outfall Pipe that will help protect Nassau’s bays, marine life, marshlands and local environment.

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES FREE BUSINESS SEMINAR TO ASSIST IN THE HIRING OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED RESIDENTS

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation will host a free seminar for business owners focusing on hiring developmentally disabled residents on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8 a.m. at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho.

The free seminar will feature a panel of experts moderated by Nicholas Terzulli, the Director of Business Development at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), who will discuss the benefits of hiring “differently-abled” individuals.

Panelists in attendance will include:
• Sunita Manjrekar, Director of Employment Programs at the Nassau County Department of Social Services;
• Justin Dantzler, Director Vocational Services at AHRC;
• Ella Craanen, Regional Marketing Coordinator, Adult Career and Continuing Educations Services Vocational Rehabilitation (Access VR);
• Tom Rosicki, Principal of the law firm, Rosicki & Rosicki, Associates, PC;
• Richard Snyder, a recruiter at Astoria Bank;
• Roz Goldmacher, President of the Long Island Development Corp. and the Long Island Small Business Assistance Corp.

The panel will discuss the benefits of hiring the ‘the differently abled,” which include free screening, free training, free continued job coaching and state tax credits. The seminar will take place at The Milleridge Inn, located at 585 North Broadway in Jericho, and includes a continental breakfast. To RSVP, please email rsvp@nassauida.org or call (516) 571-1745.

About the Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corp.
The Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation (NCLEAC) is a local development corporation, created by the Nassau County Legislature in 2010 to provide assistance for the not-for-profit sector previously supplied by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. New York State regulations that allowed IDAs to fund such projects expired in 2008. There is no out-of-pocket expense for NCLEAC. For more information visit http://www.nassauida.org/LEAC/Home.aspx or call (516) 571-1745.

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