New Southern Tier Regional Addiction Center will be Hosted by HealthlinkNY

The Southern Tier Regional Addiction Resource Center is an initiative led by HealthlinkNY, funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The goal of the initiative is to bring people together from across the region to share ideas and resources to address substance use.
“HealthlinkNY is pleased to be able to build on our regional health planning and policy work as the lead agency for this exciting new initiative.” said Staci Romeo, Interim Executive Director of HealthlinkNY. “The HealthlinkNY Community Network has been convening local stakeholders for the past three years to identify regional health priorities and work with partners to develop and implement initiatives to improve health outcomes for all residents in the Southern Tier, so this was a natural fit.” said Romeo.
With New York State investing resources to both expand existing services and develop new services, the Southern Tier Regional Addiction Resource Center will work with partners to increase awareness of regional substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
As part of the project, the Southern Tier Regional Addiction Resource Center is able to offer mini-grants to local partners to enhance community education and outreach activities. “There are great efforts already underway in our region by groups such as Truth Pharm and we’re happy to be able to support those efforts.” said Phillip Ginter, Regional Director of Community Initiatives with HealthlinkNY.
“Truth Pharm is committed to providing community education. We developed a new program called Garden of Hope Weekly which is being supported in large part by the Community Foundation of South Central New York. We needed to secure some additional funding.” said Alexis Pleus, Executive Director with Truth Pharm. “We applied for a mini-grant to fill a gap in funding and received it. I’m happy to say we’re now getting ready to begin our first program in Johnson City.” said Pleus. Organizations interested in applying can access the mini-grant application online, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed the first Tuesday of each month.
Individuals interested in getting involved with the Southern Tier Regional Addiction Resource Center are encouraged to contact Phillip Ginter, Regional Director of Community Initiatives at HealthlinkNY by emailing
The HealthlinkNY Community Network, was created to provide a neutral forum for identifying, sharing, disseminating, and helping implement best practices and strategies to improve community health and reduce health disparities.