HHS Awards $1.6 billion to tackle addiction and overdose crises

According to September 23 press releaseThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is awarding more than $1.6 billion in investments to communities to address addiction and overdose crises.

The statement states, “The investments made through SAMHSA’s State Opium Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grants programs and HRSA’s Rural Opioid Response Programs will help communities looking to benefit from every tool at their disposal—from prevention to Harm Reduction to Support Treatment and Recovery for People in Need.In President Biden’s First State of the Union, he made tackling the opioid crisis and overdose epidemic a top priority for his administration, and earlier this year he issued his National Drug Control Strategy to expand access to treatment for addiction and overdose, and disrupt drugs smuggling. . “

Furthermore, “the programs reflect President Biden’s priorities in strategy and HHS’s commitment to addressing opioid and stimulant abuse across the country, including in tribal communities. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 107,000 Americans have died from overdoses drug overload in 2021, an increase of more than 15 percent from 2020.”

Investments include four types of financing for countries and societies including:

  • SAMHSA’s SOR Grant Program: SOR provides formula funding to states and territories to increase access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), and to support prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services for OUD and other substance use disorders concurrent (SUD).
  • SAMHSA’s TOR Grants Program: TOR addresses the overdose crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid abuse, and supporting services to support prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery from abuse Opioid and stimulant use and co-occurrence of mental conditions and substance abuse.
  • SOR/TOR Technical Assistance for Education and Training for Countries: A national network of consultants provides free educational resources and training to states, communities, and individuals in prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services for OUDs and SUDs.
  • HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program: HHS’s HRSA has announced investments to expand substance abuse treatment and prevention services, including medications for OUD, in rural communities nationwide as part of its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.

The statement adds, “The HRSA announcement highlights funding through the following three programs:

  • The Rural Communities Opioid Response-Medication-Assisted Treatment Program has awarded more than $10 million to create new drug-assisted treatment access points for substance use disorder, including OUD, in rural communities. The program will reduce barriers to evidence-based treatment in disadvantaged rural areas.
  • The Rural Community Opioid Response Program-Implementation grants $65 million to enhance and expand OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in rural communities through workforce development and training, behavioral health care integration, and support services.
  • The Rural Communities Opioid Response-Behavioral Health Care Support Program awarded $29 million to improve the quality and sustainability of behavioral health care services in rural communities, including through evidence-based and trauma treatment of substance use. The program improves rural people’s access to high-quality integrated behavioral health care services.”

The statement quoted HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra as saying, “Providing access to evidence-based, person-centered care is an essential part of HHS’ strategy to end the overdose crisis. I have heard many stories of desperation from individuals struggling with addiction and from families who have lost loved ones to an overdose.” Through these grants, we invest in evidence-based support and services for individuals, families, and communities on the path to recovery. Through these grants, we invest in hope.”

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