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What They Are Reading in the States: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Awards $1.5 Billion to States and Tribes to Combat Overdose Epidemic

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Today, as part of National Recovery Month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of actions, including the distribution of $1.5 billion in funds to all states and territories, to address the overdose epidemic and support the tens of millions of Americans in recovery.

Local news outlets across the country – from Utah to Missouri to West Virginia – are reporting on state and tribal funding that will support life-saving programs and policies, such as increasing access to treatment for substance use disorder, removing barriers to medications like naloxone, and expanding access to recovery support services.

Read below for a sample of what Americans are reading in the states:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin, tribal governments will receive nearly $19 million in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is expected to receive $16.9 million as part of the $1.5 billion package of grants to states and tribal communities. Six of the state’s tribal nations will receive about $1.8 million of their own to combat the crisis…The funding is part of a federal program that aims to increase access to treatment for substance abuse, make medications like naloxone more readily available and expand access to recovery support services.

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Herald-Dispatch: White House announces support for recovery; $44.3 million designated for West Virginia
West Virginia is set to receive $44.3 million in grants and an increase in other resources from the White House to help its effort in combatting – and eventually ending – the opioid crisis. Announced Friday, the opioid response grant of $44,337,509 was awarded to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

Arizona Republic: 5 Arizona tribes receive grants through the White House to battle opioid addiction
First lady Jill Biden and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visit the home of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero (left) following a tour of the San Xavier Health Center on the Tohono O’odham Nation on March 8, 2022. Five Arizona tribes will receive $3.63 million in grants to address opioid and other drug addiction and recovery, the Biden administration announced Friday.

Sun Sentinel: $100 million in grants coming to Florida and Seminole Tribe to combat opioid crisis
The Biden administration said Friday that Florida is getting funding to combat the opioid epidemic, part of a series of policy and funding initiatives. The state Department of Children and Families is getting a grant of $101.3 million. A separate grant, for $500,000, is going to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, based in Hollywood.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada to receive $16M in federal funds to fight opioid crisis
With the funding, Nevada hopes to decrease youth substance use by implementing prevention programs in school districts. It also wants to expand overdose prevention activities, increase fentanyl test strip distribution and increase the number of so-called harm reduction vending machines… The state also wants to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder by increasing education opportunities for primary care, behavioral health and peer support providers and increasing the use of telehealth services. The grants will also go toward expanding capacity for recovery housing and deploying media campaigns that provide education to patients on alternatives for pain management and supportive services.

Kansas City Star: Here’s where Biden-Harris opioid crisis, recovery funding will go in Kansas, Missouri
The grants are to be used to increase access to treatment for substance use disorder, remove barriers to public health interventions like naloxone and expand access to recover support services such as 24/7 opioid treatment programs, according to a White House fact sheet.

Colorado Politics: Colorado gets $21 million from the feds to combat fentanyl, opioid abuse
Colorado is getting $21 million from the Biden administration to combat opioid abuse, notably by expanding prevention campaigns targeting the youth, the White House announced on Friday morning….The funding will also help the states increase investments in overdose education, peer support specialists in emergency departments, and other strategies.

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa to get $9 million to fight opioid crisis
Rod Courtney of CRUSH of Iowa, a Cedar Rapids based not-for-profit that provides support, resources, education and referrals for individuals with substance use disorders, called Friday’s White House announcement “encouraging” — in particular, a planned $104 million investment to expand prevention services for substance use disorder in rural communities.

Rapid City Journal: South Dakota tribes, organizations to receive $5.4 million in federal funds for opioid crisis
President Joe Biden announced Friday morning that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded about $1.5 billion to support states, tribal lands and territories’ efforts to address the opioid crisis and support individuals in recovery. The action is part of National Recovery Month and SAMHSA’s Stat Opioid and Tribal Opioid Response grant programs.

KTTC (NBC Rochester, MN): Minnesota receives funding to fight Opioid addiction
The Biden Administration announced new funding to help fight Opioid addiction and millions of dollars is earmarked for efforts in Minnesota. According to the announcement, the money will be used on several fronts including prevention and treatment.

KSL (NBC Salt Lake City, UT): Utah receives $10.8 million for Opioid crisis
The grant is intended to help states increase access to recovery support services such as 24-7 Opioid Treatment Programs as well as access to treatment for substance use disorder. The administration says it’s also there to help take down barriers to public health interventions like naloxone.  The money will also allow the state to take proactive steps including in overdose education, peer support specialists in emergency departments as well as investment in other strategies that may help save lives in hard-hit communities.

KCTV (CBS Kansas City, MO): Kansas & Missouri getting more than $30 million to fight opioid crisis
The Biden administration early Friday morning announced $1.5 billion in nationwide funding to help states fight the opioid crisis. Of that total, Kansas is slated to receive $8.3 million, while Missouri will net $25.3 million. On the Kansas side, that grant money will go to the state’s Department For Aging and Disability Services, and will provide access to medication-assisted opioid treatment. On the Missouri side, the money will go toward the state’s Department of Health, which will use the funds to build upon prevention, treatment, recovery and harm-reduction strategies implemented by Missouri’s targeted response and state opioid response grants.

WCIA (CBS Champaign, IL): Illinois to receive $37 million to combat opioid crisis
The Illinois State Department of Human Services will receive over $37,000,000 in federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic across the state, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth announced today…“This federal funding will give our state the proper resources to provide support to individuals and families who need it the most, and I hope this investment will put our communities on the road to recovery,” Durbin said.

WTEN (ABC Albany, NY): Biden-Harris take steps to combat overdose epidemic
On September 23, the White House released information regarding the overdose epidemic in the United States. In efforts to combat the epidemic, The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded $1.5 Billion to all states and territories to address addiction and the opioid crisis. Due to these grants, New York State is awarded more than $56 million to address the current crisis.

WTMJ (NBC Milwaukee, WI): Biden announces funding to address overdose epidemic, local mom shares her own heartbreak
Wisconsin DHS is set to receive nearly $17 million with another nearly $2 million going to tribes across the state. The money from the federal government is allocated to address addiction and the opioid crisis, expand substance use treatment and prevention in rural communities, provide greater access to naloxone products like Narcan, and increase access to recovery supports. There is also funding for law enforcement officials on the front lines and to disrupt global drug trafficking operations.

KGW (NBC Portland, OR): Biden-Harris Administration shelling out $1.5 billion to all states to tackle opioid crisis
The Biden-Harris Administration has seen enough. They are sending more than $1.5 billion to states, tribal lands and territories to help fight the drug problem. Among other things the dollars will go towards expanding access to drug treatment and recovery support and making the life-saving drug Narcan more accessible. OHA is getting more than $15 million. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is getting $6.7 million. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Siletz Indians are getting a combined $700,000.

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