Duckworth, Durbin Announce More Than $37 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in Illinois
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Illinois State Department of Human Services a total of $37,195,746 in federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.
“The opioid epidemic has taken far too many lives—and has gotten even worse during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Duckworth said. “Resolving this crisis requires a comprehensive effort from officials at every level of government and from local organizations. I will continue working with Senator Durbin to ensure those treating and preventing opioid addiction have the resources and federal funding they need to serve their communities.”
“As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage through Illinois, it’s clear that any solution will require a comprehensive effort from leaders across every level of government,” said Durbin. “This federal funding will give our state the proper resources to provide support to individuals and families who need it the most, and I hope this investment will put our communities on the road to recovery.”
This investment includes four types of critical funding for communities in need:
- SAMHSA’s SOR grant program: SOR provides formula funding to states and territories for increasing access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and for supporting prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery support services for OUD and other concurrent substance use disorders (SUD).
- SAMHSA’s TOR grant program: TOR addresses the overdose crisis in Tribal communities by increasing access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid misuse, and supporting prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery support services for opioid and stimulant misuse and co-occurring mental and substance use conditions.
- SOR/TOR technical assistance for education and training: SAMHSA’s national network of consultants provide free educational resources and training to states, communities and individuals in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery services for OUDs and SUDs.
- HHS’ Rural Communities Opioid Response Program: This program supports treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including OUD, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder.
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