Nevada receives grant for preventing opioid misuse


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded a $706,312 Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services Grant to the Nevada Aging and Disability Services.

Funding is for the agency’s program to prevent opioid misuse in older adults.

The grants are awarded to states to strengthen and improve adult protective services (ACL) systems and be used for multiple activities, including data collection, reporting, and infrastructure, and the ability to report comprehensive case component data to ACL’s National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS).

“For many vulnerable seniors and those struggling with addiction, the coronavirus pandemic has compounded stressors and limited access to preventative services and treatment options,” U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) said. “I’m proud to announce funding that will help educate Nevada seniors about the dangers of opioids, prevent misuse, and bolster substance abuse services for those in need.”

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) a grant to increase access to community-based Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder treatment through behavioral health services and Medication Assisted Treatment.

With the grant, the state had $1.68 million available to develop a plan to increase providers by 20 percent.