Illinois receives $36.7M to fight opioid crisis

Illinois receives $36.7M to fight opioid crisis

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the Illinois Department of Human Services a $36.7 million State Opioid Response grant.

That grant will be used to fund the expansion of the state’s prevention, treatment, recovery, and overdose response initiatives. This includes programs that deliver prevention and support messages; provide emergency lifesaving medication for people experiencing an opioid overdose; and helping people recover.

“Substance use disorder is a disease – and we must do all that we can to ensure the road to recovery is widely available and accessible,” Gov. JB Pritzker said. “This funding will build on the work of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Health in our effort to end the opioid epidemic in Illinois. Nobody is a lost cause, and Illinois won’t stop fighting until all of our residents have the opportunity to live their most fulfilling lives.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the state’s opioid crisis.

The initiatives that will be funded include expanding access to Medication Assisted Recovery services for persons with opioid-use disorders; providing recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid-use disorders; and expanding treatment for people with stimulant use disorder.