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09/30/2022 | Ohio Receives $97M in Federal Funding from State Opioid Stimulant Response Grant to Continue Fight Against Addiction

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2022

Ohio Receives $97M in Federal Funding from State Opioid Stimulant Response Grant to Continue Fight Against Addiction

(COLUMBUS, OH) – The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) today announced the receipt of $97M in federal State Opioid and Stimulant Response (SOS, formerly SOR) grant funding to help more Ohioans overcome the disease of addiction and maintain their recovery.

The announcement comes as the state continues to support local community efforts to prevent youth and adult drug and alcohol use, reduce overdose deaths, and increase access to addiction treatment and recovery supports. This award will support continued funding to the state’s 50 local ADAMH boards who are responsible for local planning efforts, as well as to direct-funded community projects.

OhioMHAS will continue to pursue the goals outlined by Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative to respond to Ohioans needing treatment and recovery support for opioid, stimulant, and co-occurring substance use disorders.

“This funding supports critical projects like making lifesaving naloxone more available and accessible in our communities, expanding wrap-around supports for expectant moms who are fighting to overcome substance use disorder, and increasing the use of peer supporters who can help their fellow Ohioans stay on a path to recovery,” said Governor Mike DeWine.

“With these targeted investments, we continue to strengthen community success in connecting Ohioans to lifesaving services,” added Lori Criss, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). “We have much more work to do, but we’re beginning to see the impact of these investments as Ohio’s growth rate of overdose deaths has begun to slow.”

OhioMHAS engaged in a planning process with diverse stakeholders throughout the state to inform data-driven, results-focused decisions on the best use of the funds. The state’s spending plan to support prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorders, includes:

  • Expanding the availability of mobile crisis and Quick Response Teams to increase access to lifesaving overdose reversal medications and continue the interdiction of illicit drugs before they reach communities.
  • Supporting the growth of important recovery strategies such as peer support navigators, quality recovery housing, and recovery-focused employment partnerships and practices.
  • Enhancing the ability of the state to use data to more effectively meet the needs of high risk, vulnerable populations and communities that lead the state’s overdose death rate.
  • Assisting with the development and use of culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach, awareness efforts, and treatment approaches.
  • Increasing partnerships with primary health providers to sustain Ohio’s reduction in physician-prescribed doses of opioids and pain relievers.
  • Emphasizing service integration between physical health, emergency health care, behavioral health care, criminal justice, and child welfare.

OhioMHAS will monitor the utilization of all grant funds distributed and will evaluate the opportunity to release a Request for Application (RFA) for new providers with SOS 3.0 funding. Any future funding announcements will be posted on the OhioMHAS funding opportunity webpage and included in the Department’s weekly NewsNow e-newsletter. Click HERE to learn more about Ohio’s State Opioid Response program and HERE for more about RecoveryOhio priorities.

Since 2019, 296,707 clients nationally and 31,974 in Ohio have been served through the SOR grant programs.  Ohioans served represent 10.7% of the national client base for this grant though Ohio only has 3.5% of the U.S. population, demonstrating Ohio’s broad reach with these strategic efforts. Ohio performs above the national rates for several measures (including abstinence from alcohol and other drugs, decreased recidivism, employment, social connectedness, housing and decreased incidences of depression and suicide). (Source: SPARS data extracted 4.24.2022. Analyzed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)

For more information on this grant funding and opportunities, contact the OhioMHAS Grants Team at SOR3@mha.ohio.gov.

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