States Using Funds to Advance Opioid Epidemic Activities

A recent Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing highlights the types of projects the Trump Administration seeks to fund through the $1 billion Opioid State Targeted Response Grants (CFDA Number: 93.788) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (HHS). The grant program is authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act (PL 114-255), which is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently. The recently passed $1.3 trillion omnibus law (PL 115-141) includes $4 billion for efforts to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic – a priority for the White House. This includes maintaining funds for OSTRG for states and tribal governments to address the opioid epidemic. At least $50 million of the FY 2018 funding will go to tribes. Additionally, 21% of the remaining amount will go to states with the highest mortality rate related to opioid use disorders. The grants may be used for a number of activities including education, treatment, behavioral health services for individuals in treatment programs, referral to treatment services, recovery support and medical screening associated with such treatment. The HELP hearing, called The Opioid Crisis: Leadership and Innovation in the States, offered a f [...]

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