From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

STATE RECEIVES NEW FEDERAL GRANT TO ADDRESS OPIOID CRISIS

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) received notice from the Federal government that it has been awarded nearly $29 million in new funding to address the opioid crisis, with an expected second year of funding, totaling $58 million. The award from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be combined with a previous federal award of over $32 million to fund a broad range of programs and initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of the opioid crisis in Illinois.

These funds will support the expansion of treatment and recovery support interventions across the state, medication-assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorders who are incarcerated in county jails, and resources for hospitals to help link patients experiencing opioid overdoses to treatment programs in their communities. Housing for persons in recovery from opioid use disorder and supportive services for patients at Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) will also be supported as part of the grant. The award will also strengthen and enhance the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), to continue the state's efforts to prevent the misuse of prescription opioids.

In addition, this grant will expand the training of first responders to an opioid overdose and the availability of the overdose reversal medication naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan.

New projects will be posted for competitive bid through the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) process included in Illinois' implementation of the Government Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requirements. SUPR's NOFO page is http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=101591.

Further information about these projects will be posted at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=%20105980.