ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) has been awarded the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

The funding, totaling nearly $11.8 million, is provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, and will support DBHDD and other community providers combatting opioid addiction through prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for states to invest in a targeted response to ensure that individuals have access to quality treatment and a life of recovery,” said Cassandra Price, director of DBHDD’s Office of Addictive Diseases.  “The opioid crisis has become a focus for our state, local communities, and countless families.  We are so grateful that SAMHSA has recognized our critical need for additional resources to help people struggling with or at risk for opioid addition.  This grant will enable us to expand our current efforts and target where needs are greatest.”

DBHDD submitted a robust grant application that included project activities to strengthen infrastructure; addressing gaps in evidence-based practices and services; and enhance the continuum of prevention and recovery-oriented treatment.  A summary of DBHDD’s proposal can be found on the department’s website: Download this pdf file.CLICK HERE .

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