Ohio could see an influx of more than $50 million in federal funding 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 must submit a grant application through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants program. States and territories will be awarded funds through a formula based on unmet need for opioid use disorder treatment and drug poisoning deaths. Ohio’s application is due Feb. 17, 2017.
OhioMHAS leadership has elected to focus on several core principles, 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 is critical to Ohio’s successful grant application. Therefore, a survey was sent out for feedback in early January to identify current data sources and gaps in services, and develop specific strategies.
FAQs and a webinar about the Act are featured on the OhioMHAS Funding Opportunties page. Information on the progress of Ohio's application also will be included there.