The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) recently announced it has awarded organizations statewide more than $50 million to provide substance-use-disorder treatment, prevention, and recovery support services.
Funding is through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s State Opioid Response (SOR) II grant.
“As we see opioid and other substance use-related deaths on the rise again in Maryland, we need to once again meet this crisis head-on,” MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall said. “This funding will help ensure access to local, life-saving, evidence-based treatment, and programs that will help more Marylanders get onto the path to recovery.”
SOR II funding extends SOR I funding. It will be used to address stimulant use disorders and opioid use disorders.
It will also help support new initiatives, including a Baltimore opioid treatment pilot program to improve medication adherence and safety using a smart pill electronic dispenser; developing a centralized crisis call center for opioid and mental health crises; providing culturally relevant and evidence-based community prevention efforts for Native Americans and tribes; and providing training to higher education institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to support students enrolled in behavioral health-related programs.
SOR I grants supported 27 initiatives.