UPDATED x4: Post-Sandy Updates for People With HIV/AIDS & Methadone Patients

Information For People Living With HIV/AIDS And Methadone Patients Coping With Hurricane Sandy

If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS or methadone patient having problems as a result of Hurricane Sandy and need additional information or assistance, contact Jaron at (718) 864-4943 or via email or Jeremy at (917) 676-8041 or via email

Information on voting, disaster assistance, transportation, food, HASA, ADAP, prescription drugs, methadone, substance use and mental health hotline, local services, shelters, disaster assistance service center, and a list of HASA centers.

VOTING: Dozens of polling site locations have changed due to the impact of the storm. Find out where your polling site is for November 7th by texting NYCVOTES to 877-877 OR visit www.whosontheballot.org.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE: You may be eligible for disaster assistance, including temporary housing, if you were affected by the storm. Visit FEME at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to find out. Please read about additional resources below too.

TRANSPORTATION: Visit the MTA’s website for updated information on subway, bus and rail lines: http://www.mta.info/.

FOOD: Governor Cuomo is an 50% of October’s benefit for food stamp (ie SNAP) recipients in 77 zip codes of NYC (along with areas of Upstate and Long Island), and allowing recipients to purchase hot food during November. The additional benefit should be provided the week of November 5th. Find out if you’re zip code is covered at OTDA’s website and read Governor Cuomo’s press release here. New York City also has a list of food and water distribution sites, which are updated regularly. You may be eligible for for Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) as well, although you should inquire with your HASA or HRA worker about filling out a 2921 Form (or call 718-557-1339).

HASA: The Waverly Center on 14th St in Manhattan and Coney Island HASA Centers were closed as of Friday, 11/2, although the Waverly Center is expected to open up again now that power has been restored to most parts of Manhattan. We’re told the Staten Island HASA Center is now OPEN. You can go to the closest HASA Center if yours is currently closed. Please scroll down to the bottom of these email for a list of HASA Centers and phone numbers. The HASA Service Line is 212-971-0626.

ADAP: As of October 29, ADAP refill criteria has been relaxed to enable consumers to get medications that were lost, damaged or otherwise unavailable. Providers and consumers may call ADAP at 800-542-2437 for more information. ADAP is fully staffed in Albany, and staff will do everything they can to make sure consumers get the medications they need.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: If you’re pharmacy is inaccessible due to the storm or you cannot obtain your medication, you may be able to go to another pharmacy. View the fact sheet from Governor Cuomo about accessing prescription drugs after the storm.

METHADONE: Courtesy dosing should be available at MMTPs for patients with state ID who are enrolled at one of the MMTPs that have been closed OR who cannot travel to their regular program. OASAS is strongly encouraging patients to return to their regular program.

To find a MMTP near you, visit SAMHSA’s online search engine or call the OASA Patient Advocacy phone number listed below.

Take-home doses will be available at many MMTPs to help patients avoid daily travel that may be difficult.

Four MMTPs in NYC and Long Island have been closed with no clear timeline for being reopened. We are particularly concerned about the closure of a MMTP on Long Island where there is relatively less access to treatment. The following clinics are currently closed:

Bellevue Hospital MMTP at 462 1st Avenue and 27th Street in Manhattan.

Vincent Dole MMTP (Beth Israel) at 25 12th Street in Brooklyn.

Beth Israel MMTP at 26 Avenue A in Manhattan

Long Beach Medical Center MMMTP at 450 East Bay Drive in Long Beach, Nassau County.

We have also heard of methadone shortages at hospital emergency rooms in areas affected by the storm. We encourage you to locate a MMTP instead.

METHADONE PATIENT ADVOCACY HOTLINE: If you have a problem with your methadone, call the OASAS Patient Advocacy number: 800-553-5790. If you still cannot have it resolved, contact Fred Wright from VOCAL-NY at (646) 321-5282 or via email.

SUBSTANCE USE & MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINES: There are two toll-free numbers available for people with substance use and mental health issues sponsored by New York State and City health officials:

New York City: LIFENET at 1-800-LIFENET — for mental health and substance use services, available 24/7 for NYC residents.

New York State: Hope Line at 1-877-8HOPENY (846-7369) — for drugs, alcohol and gambling problems, available 24/7 statewide.

LOCAL SERVICES & 311: Do NOT call 911 unless it is a real emergency! Use 311 instead to report problems and get information on City services. As an alternative, you can reach out to your local elected officials office. Click on these links to find your City Council MemberState Assembly Member or State Senator.

SHELTERS: Some shelters have been closed down and residents moved. The list of consolidated shelters available is here, although it is updated regularly.

WARMING CENTERS: There are warming shelters available throughout the City – click the links for details on daytime shelters and overnight shelters.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE SERVICE CENTER: The Mayor’s Office and Human Resources Administration (HRA) have set up full-service sites with information about applying for emergency social and economic assistance. Info on locations here.

LIST OF HASA CENTERS

MANHATTAN 

AMSTERDAM CENTER 

400 8th AVENUE, 3rd FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY

(212) 620‐5128 / (212) 971-2054

HAMILTON CENTER

530 WEST 135th STREET, 3rd FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10031

(212) 690‐9764 / (212) 690-9239

WAVERLY CENTER [Appears to be CLOSED temporarily – call to confirm]

12 WEST 14TH STREET, 1ST FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10011

(212) 352-0444 / (212) 620-9420

BROOKLYN

GREENWOOD CENTER (around the corner from the VOCAL office at St. Marks and Fourth Avenue!)

88 THIRD AVENUE, 2nd FLOOR

BROOKLYN, NY 11217

(718) 694-8994 / (718) 694‐8774

BROWNSVILLE CENTER

94 FLATBUSH AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11217

(718) 637‐8830 / (718) 637‐8928

CONEY ISLAND CENTER [Appears to be CLOSED temporarily – call to confirm]

3050 WEST 21STSTREET, 1ST FLOOR

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11224

(718) 333‐3340/41 / (718) 333‐3343

BRONX

CROTONA CENTER

1790 GRAND CONCOURSE, 3RD FLOOR

BRONX, NEW YORK 10457

(718) 716-‐3352 / (718) 716-‐5168

GRAND CONCOURSE CENTER

1790 GRAND CONCOURSE, 4th FLOOR

BRONX, NEW YORK 10457

(718) 716-2687/80 / (718)716-3471

JEROME CENTER

1365 JEROME AVE, 1ST FLOOR

BRONX, NY 10452

(718) 590-6553/6554 / (718) 590-7425

KINGSBRIDGE CENTER 

260 EAST 161st STREET, 7th FLOOR

BRONX, NY 10451

(718) 664-1040 / (718) 664-2057

QUEENS

QUEENSBORO CENTER 

33-‐28 NORTHERN BOULEVARD, 2nd FLOOR

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101

(718) 610‐3844 / (718) 610-3888

STATEN ISLAND

STATEN ISLAND CENTER

207 BAY STREET, 1ST FLOOR

STATEN ISLAND, NY 10301

(718) 390‐8531/ (718) 390‐6757

 

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