Additional $22.9M funding for State Opioid Response Grant announced

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Only 6.9 percent of those aged 12 or older with past year substance use disorder received treatment at a specialty treatment facility – leaving 93.1 percent of Americans without the treatment they need. Of adults aged 18 or older with serious mental illness, 64.8 percent received treatment – leaving over 35 percent (35.2 percent) without needed mental health services.

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it has received further information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  that the award announced last month for the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant was a total of $22.9 million for each of two years, totaling $45.8 million over the two-year award period.

SAMHSA provided this clarification to New Hampshire, acknowledging that the wording of its federal opportunity announcement was not clear. The Department on July 26 received confirmation of the total amount from SAMHSA.

The additional $22.9 million for the next fiscal year will allow the state to fund many of the needs identified by providers, families and other stakeholders to an even greater extent than planned. Last Monday, the Department held a public session to hear input for the use of the SOR grant, and it has also solicited written submissions. Confirmation by SAMHSA of the state’s eligibility for $45.8 million over the next two years will now allow a broader range of services and programs for prevention, treatment and recovery across the entire state. On or before August 13, 2018, the Department will submit its proposed plan for the SOR grant. Final award of the monies is expected on or about September 30, 2018.