The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced Wednesday that it is awarding $932 million in the continuation of its State Opioid Response grant funding to states as part of President Donald Trump's far-reaching, multifaceted approach to combatting the national opioid crisis.
"SAMHSA is pleased to be partnering with states to implement comprehensive systems of prevention, treatment and recovery supports to combat the opioid crisis throughout the country," said Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the head of SAMHSA. "I have been very impressed with the innovation of the states and look forward to the continued collaboration at the federal and state levels to advance the use of medication-assisted treatment and much-needed access to care."
The funding will continue to support states as they develop and implement key strategies to address the opioid crisis in their states. Funding has been used to support innovative models of medication-assisted treatment delivery, enhancement of community prevention and messaging strategies and the utilization of peers to advance recovery from opioid use disorders.
Individual states' awards can be viewed at https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/09/04/state-opioid-response-grants-by-state.html.
"We know that far too few people who need treatment are pursuing it, and we want that to change," said McCance-Katz. People grappling with substance use disorders can find treatment resources at SAMHSA's site https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov or by calling SAMHSA's National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP. People who could use help determining which treatment provider is appropriate for their needs can find our free guidance at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Finding-Quality-Treatment-for-Substance-Use-Disorders/PEP18-TREATMENT-LOC.
More information on the Trump Administration's work to combat the opioid crisis can be viewed at https://www.hhs.gov/opioids.