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Funding Opportunity for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a funding opportunity for up to 10 states involving 18-month planning grants to aid in treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder.

The grants will total $50 million and aim to increase the capacity of Medicaid providers to deliver SUD treatment or recovery services through:

  • ongoing assessment of the SUD treatment needs of the state;
  • recruitment, training, and technical assistance for Medicaid providers that offer SUD treatment or recovery services; and
  • improved reimbursement for an expansion of the number or capacity of Medicaid providers.

Applications are due Aug. 9. State Medicaid agencies must submit an 18-month plan to increase capacity and deliver services within local communities.

The funding was authorized by the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act and supports the CMS Roadmap Fighting the Opioid Epidemic and other efforts to address the opioid crisis.

America’s Essential Hospitals maintains a tracker for grant and demonstration opportunities available through the SUPPORT Act.

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

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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