The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced roughly $1.8 billion in funding from the Trump administration to state and local governments to tackle the opioid crisis.
The money will come from the Centers for Disease Control and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS). CDC will spend $900 million over three years to track overdose data and SAMHS is awarding $932 million, disbursed among all 50 states, to help support prevention, treatment and recovery services.
The funding will support “expanding the use of medication-assisted treatment in criminal justice settings or in rural areas via telemedicine to youth-focused, community-based prevention efforts, recovery supports like employment coaching, and support for the distribution of naloxone,” as well as tracking opioid overdoses, according to the HHS.
This funding from CDC will help state and local governments track overdose data as closely to real-time as possible and support them in work to prevent overdoses and save lives. Funding for the first year is being awarded to 47 states, Washington, D.C., 16 localities, and two territories.
The New Jersey Department of Health is being allocated a $7,433,765 grant from the CDC.
The State Opioid Response (SOR) grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provide flexible funding to state governments to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services in the ways that meet the needs of their state. These grants have been awarded to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.
In addition to the approximately $500 million released earlier this year, SAMHSA released $932 million in continuation funding to support the second year of the State Opioid Response program.
New Jersey’s State SOR grants will continue to be distributed as follows: SOR Year 1 – $21,566,035.00; SOR Supplement – $11,257,470.00; SOR Year 2- $21,566,035.00; for a total $54,389,540.00.
These grants come after the Health Resources and Services Administration, in August, awarded nearly $400 million in grants to community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions to help them establish and expand access to substance abuse and mental health services.
Earlier this month, HHS also proposed to modernize regulations that can pose significant barriers to caring for Americans struggling with substance use disorders, including opioid addiction, to make sure they get the care they need.
In response to the grants, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, said that opioid addiction does not discriminate, devastating lives and families and communities across the state, impacting friends, neighbors and loved ones.
“This flexible funding is critical in supporting New Jersey’s efforts to tackling this crisis with family-focused treatment and recovery strategies, and new ways to keep individuals from falling victim to the opioid epidemic in the first place,” Menendez said.