HHS Offers $70 Million More in Grants Amid Opioids Crisis

"The grants we announce today clearly demonstrate our efforts to meet the opioid crisis with every tool at our disposal," said SAMHSA Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kana Enomoto.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is making more than $70 million in grants available to help communities and health care providers address the opioids crisis. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced them, saying $28 million of the total amount will be dedicated for medication-assisted treatment.

"Putting an end to the opioid crisis ravaging our country is a top priority for President Trump and all of us at the Department of Health and Human Services," he said. "We are committed to bringing everything the federal government has to bear on this health crisis. Building partnerships and providing resources to state and local governments as well as non-government organizations are absolutely critical to this effort. The purpose of these grants is to empower the heroes in this fight—the men and women on the forefront of supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives in their communities."

The money is coming from two grant funding opportunities recently authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to expand access to overdose reversal medications and train health providers to refer patients to appropriate follow-up drug treatment, while money from a third grant funding opportunity will provide for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders. This May 31 announcement followed an award of $485 million in grants in April 2017 provided by the 21st Century Cures Act to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia for opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.

"The grants we announce today clearly demonstrate our efforts to meet the opioid crisis with every tool at our disposal," said SAMHSA Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kana Enomoto. "The evidence-based training, medication, and behavioral therapies provided here will save lives and help people with addictions start a path toward reaching their potential."

The funding opportunity announcements are available at SAMHSA's 2017 grant announcements page.

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