Congressman Tim Ryan Announces More Than $96M in Opioid Response Funding for the State of Ohio
Niles, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus and member of the Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, today announces $96,228,429 in US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) State Opioid Response (SOR) funding for the state of Ohio.
This funding is the first round over two years of funding appropriated through the State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grants. The two programs will ultimately award nearly $3 billion to help states and tribes provide community-level resources for people in need of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
“While our country works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the opioid epidemic that continues to also take the lives of too many in our state. For those who struggle with substance use disorders and mental illness, COVID-19 has worsened existing conditions and created new struggles across our state and nation. For us to fight back, we need sufficient resources to address the root causes of the opioid epidemic. I’m proud to have used my position on the House Appropriations Committee to ensure Northeast Ohio – and so many other communities across Ohio – get the funding we need,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “This sizable grant is a big step towards ensuring communities like ours will not only be able to help those who are suffering, but for us to put an end to this tragic opioid epidemic once and for all.”
The SOR program provides access to lifesaving, evidence-based medication to treat opioid use disorders, along with psychosocial services and community supports. The TOR program enables the development of these same comprehensive approaches among tribal communities.
Through these existing funding streams, states and tribes have been able to develop and utilize integral systems of comprehensive care to address their jurisdictions’ individual needs. This new round of funding will be instrumental in continuing and expanding upon these efforts. The funding formulas for both programs can be found in their respective funding announcements’ Appendices K. The SOR funding announcement is at https://bit.ly/3aDwiuN. The TOR funding announcement is at https://bit.ly/2YiyxhZ.
People looking for treatment resources can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) or can visit http://findtreatment.gov.