Changes in a New York state agency's process for substance abuse prevention contracts could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses for youth organizations that have long received taxpayer support, writes The New York Times.
Nonprofit leaders say the the new requirements from the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, or OASAS, are cumbersome and confusing and will force organizations to curtail or close programs they have run for decades.
At least a dozen programs failed to make the grade under new criteria arising from a directive by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that state offices assess contracts to ensure they are competitively bid. OASAS contractors must also provide "evidence-based" curricula approved by the agency. Spokeswoman Susan Craig said some of the rejected groups were operating on "kind of legacy contracts" and were seeking OASAS funds for programs that did not directly address substance abuse.