Last evening, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through its State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The State Opioid Response grants, administered by HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aim to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), reducing unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. The awards to states and territories are part of HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy.
Read the full press release here.
To better understand this opportunity, faith-based providers of addiction recovery services may find the following helpful:
- A brief from Shannon Royce, Director of the HHS Office of Faith and Opportunity Initiatives and SAMHSA’s Frequently Asked Questions, which affirm that states may use the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funds to support the provision of substance use disorder services by faith-based organizations.
- The Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services Directory (updated 12/17/2018) with the contact information for the state entity distributing these grant funds as part of each state’s comprehensive approach to treatment, recovery support, and prevention efforts.
- Please also see “Keeping Faith: Bringing Hope and Healing in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis,” a blog post from the U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., addressing the importance of including faith-based groups in the fight to prevent and treat opioid misuse.
SAMHSA also operates a 24/7, national Helpline that people can call to find treatment referral resources for mental health or substance use disorders: 800-662-HELP (4357). People can visit https://findtreatment.samhsa.
gov/ to locate those resources, as well.
To learn more about SAMHSA-supported resources, please visit SAMHSA’s Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse page.
For more information on this week’s actions and regarding HHS’s commitment to combating the opioid crisis, please visit HHS.gov/opioids
Have a wonderful day!
HHS Region II
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