Volume XI, Issue XIX - February 2018


The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance (IDHS/DASA) was awarded a federal grant for over $16 million to fight Illinois' opioid crisis in May 2017. The grant is funded through the 21st Century Cures Act which includes an estimated $1 billion to states over the next two years to combat the nation's opioid crisis. Grants are being administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant program. As IDHS/DASA approaches the end of the first year of this award, we have compiled an update on the accomplishments of the projects funded by Opioid STR, attached here.

The grant supports prevention, treatment and recovery services, as well as the establishment of the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The funding also supports enhancements to the Illinois Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP), the launch of a statewide opioid awareness campaign, pre-release and post-release services for individuals in county jails, and programs in hospitals that are able to provide a "warm hand off" for patients with opioid use disorder to be connected to community based treatment and recovery support services. In addition, this award supports a widespread expansion of the training of first responders to an opioid overdose and the availability of the overdose reversal medication Naloxone.

For more information or questions about the Opioid STR Grant, please contact Richard Sherman at Richard.Sherman@illinois.gov.