New York Lawyer Common Letitia James. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP
The New York State Lawyer Common’s Workplace on Wednesday offered greater than $2.4 million to the Brooklyn Group Basis to fund substance abuse remedy packages all through Brooklyn.
The funds are derived from charitable belongings that remained after the Workplace of the Lawyer Common dissolved Canarsie A.W.A.R.E., a now-defunct nonprofit that offered outpatient substance abuse and psychological well being providers — for its participation in a scheme that exploited a few of New York’s most susceptible residents and defrauded Medicaid.
In 2016, as part of the Lawyer Common’s investigation into fraudulent substance abuse suppliers and their exploitation of people residing in substance abuse transitional housing — often known as “three-quarter homes” — the OAG indicted Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc. and its proprietor, charging them with defrauding Medicaid.
In September 2018, Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. pleaded responsible to grand larceny within the first diploma. In 2019, the Lawyer Common’s Workplace gained a State Supreme Courtroom order to dissolve Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. and distribute its belongings to be used by different substance abuse remedy packages.
The settlement between the Lawyer Common and the Brooklyn Group Basis is related to the OAG’s settlement of its claims towards Canarsie A.W.A.R.E. Inc.
“Substance abuse is a dangerous and pervasive subject in so lots of our communities,” mentioned Lawyer Common James. “Though restoration isn’t a straightforward journey, it may be so much simpler with entry to dependable remedy packages. At the moment’s settlement ensures that these funds will lastly be used within the method wherein they had been supposed — to help a few of our most susceptible communities.
“I thank the Brooklyn Group Basis for his or her partnership and dedication to serving to New Yorkers entry these lifesaving remedy providers,” she mentioned.
“We’re deeply honored and excited to companion with the Workplace of the Lawyer Common to redistribute these funds in a approach that can restore hurt and supply very important assets to trusted and totally vetted community-based well being suppliers,” mentioned Cecilia Clarke, president and CEO of Brooklyn Group Basis (BCF).
“Brooklyn Group Basis’s method facilities group members as key decision-makers to spend money on organizations that share our dedication to racial justice. We hope this partnership will function a robust new mannequin for presidency and basis collaboration.”
Below New York’s Not-for Revenue Company Regulation, belongings remaining after the dissolution of a non-profit group have to be distributed to a different non-profit group engaged in related actions to these of the dissolving nonprofit.
The Brooklyn Group Basis will award grants to Brooklyn not-for-profit suppliers of substance abuse remedy. The funds will help remedy packages offering technical help and capacity-building help to the grant recipients, together with help with fundraising, monetary administration, and strategic planning.
The BCF may even conduct web site visits to the grant recipients and monitor the recipients’ use of funds by common reporting necessities and communications. It additionally will award the grants in every of three successive years, starting in 2021.
“I’m happy that the Brooklyn Group Basis can be providing grants to substance abuse remedy packages that can function in our group,” mentioned State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-Southeast Brooklyn). “The providers provided are a lot wanted as we combat the scourge of dependancy whereas serving to folks to uplift their lives.”
New York Metropolis Council Majority Chief Laurie A. Cumbo (D-Fort Greene-Clinton Hill-Prospect Heights) mentioned, “Psychological well being and substance abuse are pressing points that usually go unaddressed resulting from stigma and lack of accessible assets, and COVID-19 has additional deepened the psychological well being and substance abuse crises our communities are going through.
“Though it’s gravely disappointing when sufferers are victimized by organizations meant to assist them, I couldn’t consider a greater group to get better funds from Canarsie’s A.W.A.R.E program. The Brooklyn Group Basis, positioned in District 35, has offered over $50 million in grants to non-profit organizations all through our group for over a decade,” she mentioned.