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HHS Releases $1.8 Billion in Opioid Funding to Local and State Health Departments

Friday, September 20, 2019  
Posted by: Jamie Michael
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This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have awarded more than $1.8 billion in funding to states, territories, and 16 local jurisdictions to combat opioid misuse. The federal grants are to expand prevention and response efforts and support access to near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis.  

SAMHSA awarded a total of $932 million to all 50 states as part of its State Opioid Response grants.  

CDC awarded more than $900 million in new funding for a three-year cooperative agreement with states, territories and 16localities to ramp up prevention and response activities related to the opioid epidemic as part of the Overdose Data to Action grants. Of note, this is the first time that local jurisdictions have been eligible for an awarded direct opioid funding from the CDC