Rural communities receive $25M to fight opioids

Rural communities receive $25M to fight opioids

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded $25 million to 80 recipients in 36 states and two territories through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

The program aims to reduce morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder and opioid use disorder in high-risk rural communities.

Funding was awarded through two sub-programs.

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS) awarded nearly $15 million to 30 recipients. Recipients receive up to $500,000 over three years for the reduction of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

This is achieved by improving family support and care systems and minimizing social activities that are detrimental to health.

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning) awarded $10 million to 50 recipients to provide addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Funding is to be used for the development of comprehensive plans that address addiction and build partnerships.

“We are excited to celebrate these awards during National Recovery Month,” Tom Engels, HRSA administrator, said. “RCORP-Planning will continue to help rural communities build the coalitions needed to fight opioid use disorder, and RCORP-NAS will provide needed funding to rural residents grappling with the opioid epidemic to help many people reach recovery.”

RCORP has awarded nearly $115 million during fiscal year 2020.