Maryland will award $10 million in grant funding to programs addressing the opioid crisis, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday, in partnership with Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC).
The state will distribute both block and competitive grants will be distributed to programs across the Maryland between July 2022 and June 2023.
The OOCC will distribute $4 million worth of block grant funding to Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, with each receiving a base level of funding. The remainder of the funds will be distributed in proportion to each jurisdiction’s overdose mortality rates. Funds will go towards overdose-related programs and initiatives.
Baltimore City will receive the largest amount of grant money: $873,775.
Grant funds will be distributed directly to each jurisdiction, where local health departments will administer them to support initiatives.
Across Maryland’s jurisdictions, support programs receiving grant funds include services related to peer recovery, overdose response, screening, intervention, and referral to treatment. A comprehensive list of supported programs by county can be found here.
“These grants play a critical role in supporting the local and grassroots work taking place in our communities and health care systems to save lives and promote healing,” Hogan said in a statement.
The remaining $6 million has been allocated to the OOCC’s Competitive Grant Program. Over 90 state, local, and private community-based organizations are expected to submit grant proposals.
The 38 highest-scoring organizations will receive funding for their proposed prevention and support plans, with 19 grants to be awarded to private and non-profit organizations, and the remaining 19 to be awarded to state agencies.
This announcement comes just a month after the OOCC announced that $7.5 million would be granted to aid Maryland jurisdictions in implementing the requirements of the Opioid Use Disorder Examination and Treatment Act of 2019.
According to a press release, the legislation outlines requirements to aid incarcerated individuals struggling with opioid use through screening, peer recovery specialist services, and counseling. The Opioid Use Disorder Examination and Treatment Act also requires detention centers to provide the three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder.
The OOCC says they plan to offer more grant funding in the coming months from the Opioid Restitution Fund, which distributes funds received by the state of Maryland from legal settlements involving opioid manufacturers and distributors. Over the next 18 years, Maryland will receive $400 million through a settlement with Johnson & Johnson.
“We are honored to support so many great projects for the year to come,” said OOCC Executive Director Robin Rickard in a statement. “Each of these programs will make an enormous impact for those living with the disease of addiction, from early prevention efforts to lifting people up on their recovery journey.”