More than $3 million dollars. That’s how much 20 Arizona health centers are getting to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic in our state. The grant money is part of more than $200 million dollars awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to health centers and rural health organizations across the country.
Arizona is getting some help from the federal government with the opioid crisis.
A $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be divvied up evenly between 20 health centers across the state.
The funding will help these providers expand substance abuse and mental health services.
According to KVOA.com, “The expanded funding is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ five-point strategy to fight the opioid epidemic by:
- Improving access to treatment and recovery services.
- Targeting use of overdose-reversing drugs.
- Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance.
- Providing support for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction.
- Advancing better practices for pain management.
KGUN-TV in Tucson wrote that the grant money will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Federal officials say uses for the money include training responders to use overdose-reversing drugs and improving access to medication-assisted treatment.
Other uses include expanding treatment and recovery services to pregnant and postpartum women struggling with substance abuse and increasing long-term recovery services.
HealthAnalytics.com added that Arizona is one of a handful of states designated to receive additional money to support the Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) and the Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program (SAT -TNGP).
Both initiatives aim to help rural providers deploy evidence-based interventions to overcome the unique challenges of patients living in remote locations.
Providers and patients in Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Ohio, and Virginia will benefit from RHOP funding, which will help connect individuals with local resources and build effective partnerships to play a supporting role in behavioral health.
Approximately $670,000 will go towards funding three SAT-TNGP organizations that will utilize telehealth and remote care technologies to deliver care to individuals in the most far-flung locations in the nation.
On average, two people die every day in our state from opioid related overdoses. Arizona officials hope to reduce that number by 25 percent over the next five years. Share your thoughts on how this new grant money can help us achieve that goal. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!