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HHS Awards States $1.8 Billion to Support Opioid Crisis Efforts

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Sept. 4 more than $1.8 billion in federal funding for state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding will be distributed by two HHS agencies: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

CDC will provide a total of $900 million for a three-year cooperative agreement with states, territories, and localities to help state and local governments track overdose data as closely to real-time as possible. The agency will release $301 million for the first year, beginning September 2019, to 47 states, Washington, D.C., 16 localities, and two territories.

SAMHSA will release $932 million in continued funding to State Opioid Response Program grants, after releasing $500 million earlier this year. Launched in 2018, this program supports increased access to medication-assisted treatment. SAMHSA awarded grants to all states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.

This funding supports the agency’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which seeks to improve addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services; data collection; pain management; targeting of overdose reversing drugs; and research.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page for the opioid epidemic and a tracker highlighting funding opportunities available to essential hospitals under the SUPPORT Act. Members also can find more information about state-level developments on our State Action opioid resource page.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Gontscharow is a senior policy analyst for America's Essential Hospitals.

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