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State Opioid Response grant

Over $11.2 million in grants have been awarded to 27 counties, tribes, health care providers and community agencies to expand services, address disparities and increase the availability of life-saving medications. The funding is from the two-year federal State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, which aims to help combat the opioid epidemic. Grants run through September 2020.

Grants focus on:

  • Community agencies with lifesaving Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdose by opioids such as heroin and fentanyl
  • Expansion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) through provider training, outreach and programs for people leaving the criminal justice system
  • Efforts to address disparities
  • Addressing the ongoing shortage of treatment professionals.

Complete list of grantees (pdf)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded Minnesota a State Opioid Response Grant in 2018. The program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery.

Supplemental grant

In July 2019 the federal government has awarded Minnesota an additional State Opioid Response supplemental grant of $4.26 million. This includes $775 thousand in additional funding for Naloxone and support for ongoing work in prevention, clinician training and public awareness. Plus, grants will be provided for culturally responsive American Indian, African American and African-born opioid use disorder treatment programming, as well as other new initiatives, and a request for proposals has been issued.

Supplemental grants (pdf)

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