Wisconsin receives $16.7M grant to reduce drug deaths

Wisconsin receives $16.7M grant to reduce drug deaths

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ State Opioid Response Grant Program recently awarded $16.7 million to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to reduce drug-related deaths.

“We’re experiencing a drug addiction crisis that is affecting every community in our state,” DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said. “This grant funding allows us to target resources to the diverse needs of our communities through partnerships with state, tribal, county, and local agencies to connect people struggling with a drug addiction to the help they need while working to prevent harmful substance use and encouraging long-term recovery.”

Funding will be used to support services for stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine and to support prevention programs, overdose response efforts, an expansion of treatment options, and recovery coaches.

The funds will be available through September 2021. The state expects an additional $16.7 million to be awarded at that time.

On Saturday, DHS is sponsoring Rally for Recovery hosted by Wisconsin Voices for Recovery. The rally celebrates the successes and gains of people in recovery and the service providers and others who make recovery possible.

The annual event will be held virtually this year via Zoom. Anyone in the state can participate.