Hogan-Rutherford Administration Announces $40 Million to Fight Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment and Recovery Efforts to Expand in FY 2019

 

By PRESS OFFICER
Before It’s Too Late MD 

Annapolis, MD (June 12, 2018)—Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention today announced $40 million in new funding to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic.

“Over the past year, we have seen our state and local partners escalate efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Now, it’s critical that we continue our fight, and this continued funding supports our drive to do just that,” said Governor Hogan. “This is about saving lives—and it will take all of us working together to turn the tide of this epidemic.”

The funding for Fiscal Year 2019 includes $29.4 million from the Hogan-Rutherford administration, $10 million from the federal 21st Century Cures Act, and $1.2 million from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

“Every day, the opioid crisis is evolving. Although we are making progress in reducing prescription opioid-related deaths, illicit fentanyl floods our streets. It’s important that we remain focused and resolute in our coordinated efforts,” said Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. “Our local jurisdictions are inspiring—because it’s there, at the local level, in neighborhoods, schools, and communities—where we are making the biggest impact.”

The Maryland Department of Health was awarded a $20 million grant under the 21st Century Cures Act from the U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to be used for the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse over two years—FY19 is the second year of funding.

The funds from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention will be used to continue the collaboration and coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement.

Maryland’s opioid crisis is evolving and so is the state’s response to it, which includes addressing the epidemic from every possible angle. Education and prevention go hand-in-hand with treatment and recovery, and enforcement, and all are essential components of the state’s efforts to turn the tide in this heroin and opioid crisis.

Efforts that will receive enhanced funding in FY19 include:

• $4 million total distributed to local Opioid Intervention Teams (as noted in table below) for each jurisdiction to determine how best to fight the opioid epidemic, which may expand on current prevention, enforcement, and treatment efforts

• $2.5 million to fight the opioid crisis through prevention and education, and treatment and recovery efforts

 

Prevention and Education

• $1 million for a public awareness campaign to

reduce stigma and in-crease patient-physician communication

• $700,000 to establish harm reduction outreach teams

• $200,000 to continue program that creates school-based teams for early identification of the problems related to substance use disorders

 

Enforcement

• $850,000 to continue heroin coordinator program, which helps to make the link between law enforcement and treatment

• $380,000 to expand law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) to treatment programs

• $370,000 to increase

monitoring and regulatory oversight of controlled substances prescribers and dispensers

 

Treatment and Recovery

• $18.5 million to increase reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers as outlined in the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act of 2017

• $2.8 million to expand access to crisis beds and residential treatment services statewide

• $2.2 million to improve access to naloxone statewide

• $2 million to support implementation of 24-hour crisis stabilization center in Baltimore City

• $1.7 million to support peer support specialist and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) services, with a focus on hospitals, correctional facilities, and other high-risk populations

• $1.5 million to increase access to medications that support recovery from substance use disorders

• $350,000 to expand and improve the statewide crisis hotline

• $200,000 to support

Montgomery County School System recovery and academic program FY19 Funding by Jurisdiction

As in FY18, local Opioid Intervention Teams (OITs) will receive $4 million total for each jurisdiction to determine how to best fight the opioid epidemic, as noted in the table below. This amount does not include other grants and additional funding distribution.

Some jurisdictions have chosen to continue FY18 projects in FY19. Efforts have been centered on naloxone, public awareness, education and training, referral and connection to treatment and recovery support services. For example, in the first three quarters of FY18, half of the state’s jurisdictions expanded access to naloxone, and nearly one million individuals were exposed to messaging and information through public service announcements, websites, social media, and mailings. Jurisdictions reported hosting a total of 148 educational or training events, and nearly 2000 individuals were connected to treatment and recovery support services.

For more information on the FY19 funding awards by jurisdiction, visit http:// beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/hogan-rutherford-administration-announces-40-million-to-fight-heroin-and-opioid-epidemic/.

 

 

Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. Marylanders grappling with a substance use disorder can find help at BeforeItsTooLateMD.org and 1-800-422-0009, the state crisis hotline.

 

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