Governor Roy Cooper today announced the next wave of funding to combat the opioid crisis from the 21st Century Cures Act/State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant that North Carolina received in May 2017. Since May, 3,200 individuals have benefited from these programs, and the funds announced today are expected to treat an additional 3,300 North Carolinians with an opioid use disorder.
“Treatment saves lives and these funds will provide it to thousands of people who need it,” said Governor Cooper. “Communities are seeing the benefits of working together in our battle against the opioid crisis.”
This next wave of funding, administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), targets direct services for treatment of opioid use disorder for new patients. The funds will:
- Increase the capacity of Opioid Treatment Programs to provide services such as medication to treat opioid use disorders, individual counseling, group counseling and other outpatient treatment services.
- Expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the uninsured, which includes medications and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders.
- Support Peer Recovery Specialists in Opioid Treatment Programs and Emergency Departments.