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HHS Awards States $485 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $485 million to help states combat the opioid crisis through various strategies, including prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Funds were awarded to states based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for opioid addiction treatment.

In a letter to governors, HHS Secretary Tom Price committed to collaborating with states and seeking their “assistance to identify best practices, lessons learned, and key strategies that produce measurable results.”

The funding, which is the first of two rounds authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act, will be issued to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia to support programs that aim to:

  • strengthen public health surveillance;
  • advance the practice of pain management;
  • improve access to treatment and recovery services
  • target availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs; and
  • support cutting-edge research.

The funding is being administered by HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and furthers existing opioid efforts, such as the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.



About the Author

Maryellen Guinan is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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