Ohio gets $26M federal grant to target opioid crisis

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Ohio received $26 million in federal funding to assist with the state’s opioid crisis response.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the second round of opioid state targeted response grants were released this week.

The federal government awarded $485 million that was divided among the states and territories for efforts to prevent misuse of opioids in the first place, to expand access to treatment, and to support recovery.

The grant was created by the 21st Century Cures Act and will be administered by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.

“Within the first year, we have already seen states use the funding to support innovative models to connect Americans with the evidence-based programs and practices proven to help people who have opioid use disorders,” stated Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.

In addition, HHS stated it will release details soon about a separate $1 billion grant funding opportunity for states, territories, and tribes hardest hit by the crisis. This new funding is expected to be awarded in September.

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