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New York state drug treatment and public education fund
State Finance (STF) CHAPTER 56, ARTICLE 6
§ 99-jj. New York state drug treatment and public education fund. 1.
There is hereby established in the joint custody of the state
comptroller and the commissioner of taxation and finance a special fund
to be known as the "New York state drug treatment public education

2. Such fund shall consist of revenues received pursuant to the
provisions of section ninety-nine-ii of this article and all other
moneys credited or transferred thereto from any other fund or source
pursuant to law. Nothing contained in this section shall prevent the
state from receiving grants, gifts or bequests for the purposes of the
fund as defined in this section and depositing them into the fund
according to law.

3. The moneys in such fund shall be expended to the commissioner of
the office of addiction services and supports and disbursed, in
consultation with the commissioner of the department of health, the
office of mental health, the office of cannabis management and the
commissioner of education for the following purposes:

(a) Reasonable costs incurred, subject to available appropriations, by
the office of addiction services and supports, to administer funds in
accordance with the allowable uses in paragraphs (b), (c), (d) and (e)
of this subdivision.

(b) To develop and implement a youth-focused public health education
and prevention campaign, including school-based prevention, early
intervention, and health care services and programs to reduce the risk
of cannabis and other substance use by school-aged children;

(c) To develop and implement a statewide public health campaign
focused on the health effects of cannabis and legal use, including an
ongoing education and prevention campaign that educates the general
public, including parents, consumers and retailers, on the legal use of
cannabis, the importance of preventing youth access, the importance of
safe storage and preventing secondhand cannabis smoke exposure,
information for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and the overconsumption
of edible cannabis products;

(d) To provide substance use disorder treatment programs for youth and
adults, with an emphasis on programs that are culturally and gender
competent, trauma-informed, evidence-based and provide a continuum of
care that includes screening and assessment (substance use disorder as
well as mental health), early intervention, active treatment, family
involvement, case management, overdose prevention, prevention of
communicable diseases related to substance use, relapse management for
substance use and other co-occurring behavioral health disorders,
vocational services, literacy services, parenting classes, family
therapy and counseling services, medication-assisted treatments,
psychiatric medication and psychotherapy; and

(e) To evaluate the programs being funded to determine their

4. On or before the first day of February each year, the commissioner
of the office of addiction services and supports shall provide a written
report to the temporary president of the senate, speaker of the
assembly, chair of the senate finance committee, chair of the assembly
ways and means committee, chair of the senate committee on alcoholism
and drug abuse, chair of the assembly alcoholism and drug abuse
committee, the state comptroller and the public. Such report shall
detail how the moneys of the fund were utilized during the preceding
calendar year, and shall include:

(a) the amount of money dispersed from the fund and the award process
used for such disbursements;

(b) recipients of awards from the fund;

(c) the amount awarded to each recipient of an award from the fund;

(d) the purposes for which such awards were granted; and

(e) a summary financial plan for such monies which shall include
estimates of all receipts and all disbursements for the current and
succeeding fiscal years, along with the actual results from the prior
fiscal year.

5. Moneys shall be payable from the fund on the audit and warrant of
the comptroller on vouchers approved and certified by the commissioner
of addiction services and supports.