Updated September 30, 2022

Please see the information below and share with the appropriate staff and clients at your agencies. If you have any questions, feel free to CONTACT US.

1. Oneida County ODMAP Weekly Surveillance Report

2.  Save-a-Life Naloxone Distribution Team

  • Join the Save-a-Life Naloxone Distribution Team to work together once a month (or every two months) to do joint outreach in targeted areas.   Similar to the team that went to the malls and other places to distribute kits, the team will convene for joint outreach to businesses and organizations to promote Naloxone as first aid in pre-determined areas based on ODMAP data and other surveillance data.  We ask that agency staff person(s) that will be able to consistently commit to being part of the outreach team, please fill out the brief survey at: https://forms.gle/dzQUYFoiMEwTCFnT7 with contact information that will be shared with team.  After the survey is completed, we will follow up with a brief meeting to discuss campaign supplies, logistics, coordination, tracking and training requirements. Anyone that is part of the team will need to be trained and affiliated with an agency that is approved by NYSDOH to train and distribute Narcan to laypersons. 

3. County Executive Picente Discusses Oneida County's Continued Efforts to Combat the Overdose Crisis

4. PLEASE TAKE THE SURVEY - 2023 Oneida County Department of Mental Health Local Service Plan

  • New York State Mental Hygiene Law requires OASAS, OMH, and OPWDD to facilitate the Local Service Planning process with Local Government Units (LGUs). The Local Service plan establishes the local priorities, needs and outcomes for the LGU in the coming year and the metrics used to measure the outcome. This plan encompasses the priorities and needs to best service those impacted by mental illness, substance use, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities. Local Service Plans are a key component of the Statewide Comprehensive Plan which provisions for both State and Local Services to individuals impacted by the above. Oneida County, as the LGU, is responsible for completing this plan and for gathering information from local stakeholders to report in the Local Service Plan. 
  • Please help us in identifying the priorities and needs within Oneida County by completing the below survey. Survey completion is encouraged no later than Friday, October 7, 2022. Your response is vital in ensuring adequate and appropriate service planning for those impacted by mental health, substance use, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities. Feel free to share this survey with others! If you have any questions, please email our department at mentalhealth@ocgov.net.

  • SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023OneidaCountyLSP

5. Oneida County Puts Stigma in the Spotlight on Overdose Awareness Day!

6. New Yorkers Can Now Get Naloxone Without a Prescription

  • As overdose deaths from fentanyl, heroin and other opioids mount in a serious public health crisis, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Mary T. Bassett announced (on August 11) a statewide pharmacy standing order for naloxone beginning Monday, August 15, 2022. 
  • Dr. Bassett stated, "I am issuing a standing order for pharmacies across the State to carry naloxone and dispense it without a prescription. This is as close as we can get to naloxone being 'over the counter' without action being taken by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration." READ FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.

7. FOLLOW THE OPIOID TASK FORCE ON INSTAGRAM!: @oneidacounty_opioidtaskforce