is the designated single state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services. OASAS plans, develops and regulates the state's system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies. The Office also monitors gambling and substance use and abuse trends in the state; provides a comprehensive education and prevention program through more than 1,550 programs based in schools and communities; promotes public awareness and citizen involvement through community action groups; pursues state, federal and private sources of funding for services; establishes linkages of services for clients in other human service agencies and criminal justice system; provides education and training for persons dealing with clients; and administers the credentialing of alcoholism and substance abuse counselors as well as prevention practitioners and prevention specialists.


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