HHS Announces $70 Million in Grants for Opioid Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $70 million in grant funding to address the nation’s opioid crisis. The funding will be made available through the following three grants:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment and Prescription Drugs Opioid Addiction: Up to $28 million to 5 grantees to increase access of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Medication-assisted treatment combines behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication.
  • First Responders: Up to $41.7 million over 4 years available to approximately 30 grantees to train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on carrying and administering an FDA approved product for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
  • Improving Access to Overdose Treatment: Up to $1 million over 5 years to one grantee to expand availability to overdose reversal medications in healthcare settings and to establish protocols to connect patients who have experienced a drug overdose with appropriate treatment.

Please review the funding opportunity announcements at SAMHSA’s 2017 grant announcements page. Applicants with questions about program issues should contact the program person listed in the funding announcement. The deadline to apply may differ depending on the funding announcement. For questions on grants management issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or FOACSAP@samhsa.hhs.gov or FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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