The "9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefit" funded through Red Cross resources included auricular acupuncture as a covered benefit. Unfortunately, this benefit ended Dec. 31, 2007. In addition, other programs that offered the auricular acupuncture in New York City have been discontinued as funding has run out.
Acupuncture has been an important part of the healing process of many people directly impacted by the events of "9-11". Many of us have discovered that acupuncture has been highly effective in helping us with improved sleep, reduction in anxiety, reduction in cravings for alcohol and other substances and has helped us feel calmer. Acupuncture has a long history in helping people with anxiety, depression, insomnia and substance abuse problems. It is being used internationally to address symptoms associated with PTSD.
STWS supports our healing partner CRREW's (Community Relief and Rebuilding through Education and Wellness) efforts to get the NYC Dept of Mental Hygiene to once again include acupuncture as a covered benefit in the "9-11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefit."
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