HHS Announces Additional $70M in Grants Available to Address Opioid Crisis
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price recently announced the availability of over $70 million in federal grants for the fight against opioid abuse. Price indicated that $28 million of the total funding will be dedicated to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs.
The new funding is in addition to the $485 million made available through the 21st Century Cures Act, which is a bill Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported in 2016.
“Our health care providers, law enforcement officers, educators, and community support groups are committed to saving lives and bringing an end to prescription drug and heroin abuse. This additional funding opportunity will be extremely helpful for health care providers, law enforcement officers, and first responders in Colorado and across the country,” Tipton said.
The $70M funding opportunity is divided into three grant categories to:
- Increase access to medication-assisted treatment programs for opioid abuse;
- Provide first responders with the ability to administer medication to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose;
- Expand the availability of medication to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses in health care and community settings.
More information on these grant opportunities can be found here. Questions about the application process should be directed to Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412, FOACSAP@samhsa.hhs.gov or FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov.