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 $55 million in federal funding during 2018 to implement programs that focus on addressing the opiate epidemic. OhioMHAS applied in August 2018 and was notified of the award in September of 2018.

The Ohio SOR Program is intended to

  1. expand prevention efforts related to naloxone distribution, provide training across systems for professionals to improve responses to the opioid epidemic, and deploy targeted awareness messaging for communities;
  2. expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and grow a clinical workforce with the expertise to provide MAT and psychosocial treatment to individuals with an opioid use disorder, and
  3. expand the use of certified peer supporters and access to recovery housing, particularly for families, and facilitate the development of employment opportunities for people in recovery from opioid addiction.

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

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