Ohio officials recently announced they decided how to distribute $77 million in federal State Opioid Response (SOR) grants.
In August, the state was awarded $96 million.
The SOR program helps states support access to long-term addiction treatment and recovery services and increase access to naloxone.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) will distribute $58.8 million to local county alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services boards and their community partners via grants. The remaining funds will be for organizations utilizing innovative approaches for connecting people to care.
“Many communities are seeing an increase in demand for mental health and substance use disorder services as the pandemic continues. The uncertainties of the pandemic intensify the struggle with substance use disorder that many Ohioans face,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.
“Through the leadership of the teams at OMHAS in partnership, with the agencies under the RecoveryOhio initiative, we have been better able to meet the needs of Ohioans that are struggling, and federal funding will increase the flexibility of communities to address their specific, unique needs.”
“While addiction and mental illness are a national and statewide crisis, we know that prevention, treatment, and recovery take place in local communities,” OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss