From: Maria Bruni, Acting Director
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

DASA OPIOID STATE TARGETED RESPONSE (STR) GRANT: RECOVERY HOME SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH OUD AND THE ILLINOIS OPIOID ASSISTANCE AND RECOVERY SERVICES (OARS) HOTLINE

In May of this year, IDHS/DASA received $16.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 21st Century Cures Act authorized funding under the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid-STR) program. This award supports a coordinated state-wide effort to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery support services for opioid use disorders (OUD). In its application, IDHS/DASA proposed multiple service initiatives to address the opioid crisis in Illinois. These initiatives included competitive funding opportunities for the expansion of recovery home services for persons with OUD, and for the development and operation of a statewide crisis and referral hotline for Illinois residents who have been impacted by the opioid crisis.

Expanded Recovery Home Services. IDHS/DASA released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), Opioid STR-Recovery Home for Persons with OUD on May 24, 2017. IDHS/DASA allocated $500,000 in Opioid-STR funding for expansion of recovery home services for persons with OUD, with an admission target of at least 90 unduplicated NEW recovery home clients during SFY 2018. NEW recovery home clients with OUD are those persons who satisfy all of the diagnostic and other eligibility criteria required for admission to recovery home services, have a primary substance of opioids, are currently active in some form of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for OUD, and have not been active in recovery home services during the 30 days prior to admission to services under this grant award. The due date for applications in response to this NOFO was June 26, 2017. Following an application review process, expanded Opioid-STR recovery home contracts were awarded to the following three organizations.

  • Hardin House/Drexel Counseling Services, Inc.
  • Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.
  • The Women's Treatment Center

Illinois OARS Hotline. Given the broad range of opioid-focused efforts in Illinois, it is critical that members of the general public, especially those in crisis or involved in crisis situations, have ready access to not only information regarding available services but also immediate assistance with engaging in these services. In response, IDHS/DASA released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on July 14, 2017, State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis Grants - Illinois Opioid Assistance and Recovery Services (OARS) Hotline. IDHS/DASA allocated $1,200,000 to support the development and operation of an Opioid Crisis Hotline for opioid using persons and their friends and family members that will be accessible on a 24-hour basis, assist individuals in accessing treatment and recovery support services, provide information regarding alternative service providers, and provide assistance in scheduling assessment appointments on behalf of those in need. The due date for applications in response to this NOFO was August 18, 2017. Following an application review process, an Illinois OARS Hotline contract was awarded to Health Resources in Action, Inc. It is projected that initial hotline services will be implemented during November 2017.