Queens substance abuse treatment provider granted $4M 

October 3, 2022 

Outreach, a provider of alcohol and substance abuse treatment services based in Richmond Hill, Queens, has been awarded a $4 million federal grant, it announced Thursday. 

The organization said it will use the four-year grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to expand its behavioral health programs by hiring mental health and medical professionals. 

An Outreach spokeswoman said the grant will enable it to double the Richmond Hill facility’s head count, to 16, and more than double its number of patients, to 250, in the first year. 

Thanks to the grant, Outreach qualifies as a designated Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic. Facilities with the designation are required to provide quick access to care to anyone who requests mental health and substance-use services, regardless of their ability to pay, how old they are or where they live. The certified clinics offer care coordination and 24/7 crisis services. 

Outreach’s range of services includes outpatient counseling in English, Spanish and Polish for individuals, groups and families; domestic violence counseling and outpatient substance abuse treatment for adolescents. It also operates residential drug and alcohol treatment programs for teens and adults, as well as residential recovery centers and outpatient programs across seven locations in Queens and Brooklyn and on Long Island. 

The nonprofit was incorporated in 1979. It reported $117,000 in net income on $1.4 million in revenue in 2020, the most recent financial results available.  

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