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Date Posted: 08/31/2020

State Awarded $21 Million Grant to Grow Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment Programs

For Immediate Release:

Media Contacts: 

Amy Webb
Chief of Communications
amy.webb@dhs.arkansas.gov

Marci Manley
Deputy Chief of Communications
marci.manley@dhs.arkansas.gov

 

State Awarded $21 Million Grant to Grow Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment Programs 

 

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) ---  The State has been awarded $21 million in grant funding to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid and stimulant abuse, expand treatment options, and reduce opioid and stimulant overdose deaths over the next two years, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Monday. 

Today is the day that people across the country observe International Overdose Awareness Day. 

“Arkansas is one of four states that has reduced the number of fatal drug overdoses over the past year,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “This confirms that our programs are working. This grant will enhance our efforts to educate and save lives.”

The State Opioid Response grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will fund 10 different projects in Arkansas that fall into one of three categories: prevention, treatment, and recovery. 

“With this additional funding, we can build upon the work we’ve already done to address opioid addiction and ensure that services are available all across the state, especially in rural areas that may have limited access today,” said Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane, who works with the DHS Division of Adult, Aging and Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS). “Substance Use Disorder affects people from all walks of life, and it’s going to take a strategic and coordinated effort to address the problem.”

Lane said DHS is working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Arkansas Community Correction on some of these projects. Included funding will be used to:

 

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