Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2019 / 14:00 pm
The Trump administration announced on Wednesday it will send almost $2 billion in grant funding to the states to fight the opioid crisis.
The administration will disburse $1.8 billion in grant funding to the states through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to fight the addiction epidemic, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Sept. 4. The funding was appropriated by Congress at the President's request.
The grants will be awarded in two parts. One part is $932 million in State Opioid Response grants, under the HHS Substance Abuse Mental Health Services (SAMSH) program, for all 50 states and several territories.
Providers receiving the grants "must make available medication-assisted treatment, which is the gold standard of treatment for opioid addiction," Secretary Azar told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.