New York state is warning the public about fraudulent addiction treatment services in a new campaign announced Wednesday.
The initiative aims to halt "patient brokering," a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to these programs, according to a release. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers are collaborating on the project, and are encouraging people to report fraudulent activities to OASAS.
"Vulnerable New Yorkers struggling with addiction are being targeted and falsely promised life-saving treatment services and then are given inadequate and ineffective treatment at outrageous costs," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. "With this campaign, we make it clear that this reprehensible practice will not be tolerated in New York and will help ensure that people receive the appropriate assistance they need to reclaim their lives."