Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional Delegation on Monday announced nearly $31 million in new federal funding to Connecticut to help combat the opioid epidemic.
“This major federal funding will help combat the opioid epidemic in all four corners of the state—expanding access to treatment and recovery, saving lives and protecting public safety. These dollars will go directly to the front lines of this fight, including to the treatment providers and health centers who provide unparalleled community-based, substance use and mental health disorder treatment to countless individuals in every town across Connecticut. We are hopeful that this is just the beginning of a comprehensive, coordinated federal response, and that bipartisan opioid legislation will bring new funding and resources urgently needed now,” the delegation stated.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion nationwide through three separate grant programs:
· Connecticut received $22 million ($11 million per year over two years) in State Opioid Response Grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state’s comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic and to expand access to treatment and recovery support services. The funding will be used for the following initiatives:
1. Expand access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) including shelter- and street-based MAT in two urban locations;
2. Increase the number of hospital emergency departments having access to on-call recovery coaches;
3. Support the Department of Correction to provide pre- and post-release treatment and overdose prevention to inmates with opioid use disorders; and,
4. Purchase 10,000 doses of naloxone (also known as Narcan), a medication to reverse opioid overdoses, for distribution throughout the state.
· The Connecticut Department of Public Health received $3.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, including to support work by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.