HCA receives an additional $21.5 million to tackle opioid epidemic

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Health Care Authority has received an additional $21.5 million to continue our efforts to combat the opioid crisis.  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue efforts to combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. Washington will use its funding to expand our state’s opioid response plan, building upon a $21.5 million grant the state received in 2018.

Year two activities funded by this grant will include:

  • Increasing access to medication assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder.
  • Community prevention services such as outreach and training on safe storage and safe opioid prescribing practices, and school-based specialists.
  • Recovery support services including evidence-based peer support.
  • Expanding two projects to support treatment and care for incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder.
  • Enhancement of the statewide Starts with One public education campaign.

“We already have reached thousands of Washingtonians with prevention, treatment and recovery resources,” said HCA Director Sue Birch. “This grant will help us spread those efforts even further. We know that while overdoses in our state due to prescription opioids have declined thanks to these efforts, we are experiencing an increase in overdoses and death due to heroin and the synthetic drug Fentanyl. We are not done tackling this epidemic yet, but these dollars help us move forward.”

For help with substance use disorders, Washingtonians can contact the Washington Recovery Helpline at 1.866. 789-1511 or visit https://www.warecoveryhelpline.org.

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