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AIM to add family support navigators to help those struggling with addiction

Oct. 3, 2017

AIM Independent Living Center was recently awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to help individuals and families navigate addiction-treatment services and recovery supports.

Beginning in early 2018, AIM will have family support navigators on staff to help families in the Southern Tier.

Family support navigators help people better understand the progression of addiction, provide guidance on how to navigate insurance issues, and offer information on how to access available services.

"Individuals and families seeking help for addiction should focus as much of their energy as possible on treatment," said John Zick, AIM's director of government and public affairs. "It's our hope that this program will alleviate some of the burden that comes with seeking treatment. We applaud and thank Gov. Cuomo and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse for making this commitment."

For more information, contact Family Support Navigator Program Coordinator Allison O'Dell at or (607) 962-8225.