COLUMBUS—State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) applauds the announcement of an additional $55 million dollar investment to fight Ohio's opioid addiction problem.
Officially called the State Opioid Response, or SOR Grant Opportunity, the federal grant money will be invested in six areas, detailed on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) website here. The money was appropriated today to MHAS by the Controlling Board.
The largest investment of $22 million will help empower local communities by providing support for family interventions, recovery housing and support for pregnant and parenting women.
Another $9 million investment will provide funding for life-saving Naloxone training and distribution.
"Southern Ohio has been particularly impacted by the rise in dangerous drugs we have seen over the past few years. Helping those who are addicted to opiates has been a top priority for lawmakers this general assembly, which is why we invested $180 million in treatment programs during the last biennium budget," said Uecker. "This new investment will build off of our current efforts, and is sure to have an impact as we strive to put an end to this horrible epidemic."
The $55 million grant is the first of a two-year installment and includes funding to cover programs administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, among others.
In related news, Senate Bill 1, which strengthens Ohio's drug trafficking laws, becomes effective this week. The bill, which Uecker co-sponsored, is aimed at curbing the trafficking of fentanyl, a leading cause of overdose deaths. For more on Senate Bill 1, click here.