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Ohio's response to 21st Century Cures Act

Ohio will see an influx of $26 million in federal funding during 2017 to help fight the opioid epidemic through the 21st Century Cures Act. To secure up to $26 million a year for the next two years, OhioMHAS submitted a grant application through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants program during February 2017. States and territories are awarded funds through a formula based on unmet need for opioid use disorder treatment and drug poisoning deaths.

OhioMHAS leadership elected to focus on several core prin­ciples in the application, including: medication-assisted treatment; prevention; Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); recovery supports; workforce devel­opment; and addressing secondary trauma among first responders (law enforcement, EMTs, fire personnel, etc.) Stakeholder input was solicited and received via a survey and webinar.

Ohio was notified of its award on April 24. Opportunities for grants and contracts will be announced on this page before the end of June 2017.