Sep 19 2018

Missouri to Receive $31.5 Million in Opioid Grants Funded By Blunt-Led Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that Missouri will receive $31.5 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help communities address the opioid epidemic. The grants were awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt has led efforts to increase opioid-related funding and repeatedly called for increased resources to combat the epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic costs our economy $500 billion a year and claims more lives annually than any other accidental cause of death, including car accidents,” said Blunt. “These grants will help more people get the opioid treatment and mental health services they need, especially in rural areas and underserved communities. As chairman, I will continue working to ensure we have a federal response that provides states and local communities the resources and flexibility they need to combat this crisis.”

The grant funding announced today is part of the $3.6 billion in total health-related opioid funding Blunt secured in the FY2018 government funding bill, which was signed into law in March.

Blunt also led efforts to secure $3.8 billion for opioid programs in the FY2019 Labor/HHS appropriations bill, which passed the Senate this week. With this year’s funding bill, under Blunt’s chairmanship, funding for opioid-related Labor/HHS programs has increased by more than $3.5 billion over four years.

This week, Blunt voted for the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation will help states and communities address the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment services, supporting programs aimed at preventing addiction, and promoting the development of new non-addictive treatments for pain.

Specifically, HHS announced that Missouri will receive:

  • $18.3 Million in State Opioid Response Grants: Missouri will receive $18.36 million in state opioid response grant funding. This funding is in addition to the two $10 million grants Missouri received in 2017 and earlier in 2018. State opioid response grants provide flexible funding to states to implement opioid use disorder interventions in the best way that fits their needs. Blunt secured a $500 million increase for these grants in the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill, and maintained the $1.5 billion funding level in the FY2019 bill that passed the Senate yesterday.

  • $1.9 Million in Rural Health Opioid Response Grants: The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will provide $1.9 million to nine Missouri health providers to expand access to substance use disorder treatment and prevention services in rural areas. Last year, Blunt started a new program to focus resources towards hard-hit rural communities. This funding is part of the $115 million provided in FY2018 for the rural health-related opioid response. Click here for a list of Missouri grant recipients.

  • $7.8 Million in Community Health Centers Grants: A total of $7.8 million will be provided to 27 Missouri community health centers to expand access to prevention and treatment services, including mental and behavioral health care. Blunt targeted $135 million in community health centers funding towards the opioid crisis in the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill. Click here for a list of Missouri grant recipients.

  • $2.8 Million in Public Health Crisis Response Grants: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award $2.8 million to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to increase support for efforts to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes. Blunt secured a $350 million increase for the program in the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill.

  • $640,000 in Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grants: The University of Missouri System will receive nearly $240,000 and health clinics in St. Louis and Potosi will each receive $200,000 to support behavioral health workforce training. Blunt secured $25 million for the program in the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill. Click here for a list of Missouri grant recipients.