State Opioid Response Program

State Opioid Response Program

The Ohio State Opioid Response (SOR) Program focuses on building a community system of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support) that emphasizes service integration between physical health, emergency health care, behavioral health care, criminal justice and child welfare.

Ohio will see $96 million in federal funding during 2020 to implement programs that focus on addressing the opiate epidemic.

The Ohio SOR Program is intended to:

  1. Develop and implement evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to address opioid use disorder and/or stimulant misuse and use disorders. Clinical treatment may include outpatient, intensive outpatient, day treatment, partial hospitalization, or inpatient hospitalization;
  2. Expand prevention efforts related to naloxone distribution, provide training across systems for professionals to improve system responses to the opioid epidemic, and deploy targeted awareness messaging for communities;
  3. Expand access to medication-assisted treatment and a clinical workforce with the expertise to provide MAT and psychosocial treatment to individuals with an opioid use disorder;
  4. Develop and implement tobacco/nicotine product (e.g.: vaping) cessation programs, activities, and/or strategies as they occur in conjunction with opioid use disorder and/or stimulant use disorder;
  5. Support innovative telehealth strategies in rural and underserved areas to increase the capacity of communities to support OUD/stimulant use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery;
  6. Expand the use of certified peer supporters and access to recovery housing, particularly recovery housing for families;
  7. Develop employment opportunities for persons in recovery from opiate or stimulant use disorders. 
  8. Evaluate the impact on vulnerable minority populations disproportionally affected by SUD and or underserved.
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness of unique community collaborations needed to address complex social needs of underserved populations.

These programs and services will build upon the work already established by Ohio's 21st Century CURES State Targeted Response initiative , the completed Ohio MAT PDOA project and the original State Opiate Response grant.

Funding Opportunities related to the award will be announced on this page and the OhioMHAS funding opportunities page.