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Hogan Administration Statement on Federal State Opioid Response Grant Opportunity

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and Opioid Operational Command Center Executive Director Clay Stamp today released the following statements regarding Maryland’s eligibility for a $32.9 million State Opioid Response Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“The opioid crisis continues to ravage communities and destroy lives across Maryland and the entire country. Since the moment we took office, Lt. Governor Rutherford and I, and our entire administration, have been working hard to combat this crisis through a balanced approach of education and prevention, enforcement, and treatment and recovery efforts,” said Governor Hogan. “Turning the tide of this crisis will take every level of government working together with community organizations and the private sector, and federal engagement and support is essential. We thank the federal government for recognizing the additional needs of states that have been hit the hardest by this epidemic, and we look forward to working together to save Marylanders’ lives.”

Governor Hogan testified before Congress in March 2018 to advocate for increased federal support for states fighting the scourge of opioid addiction. The Hogan administration has committed over $600 million to fighting the crisis, including $40 million in new funding announced earlier this week. Under Governor Hogan, Maryland became the first state in the country to declare a full State of Emergency in response to the crisis on March 1, 2017.

“We appreciate the support of our federal partners in expanding treatment and recovery services as we are working every day to increase our treatment and recovery capacity in Maryland,” said Clay Stamp. “Combating a crisis of this scale continues to require sufficient federal funding and we urge our federal partners to continue to prioritize new federal grant opportunities for states and local jurisdictions.”

SAMHSA announced today that it is accepting applications for $930 million in State Opioid Response Grants, which will be distributed to states and territories in support of their ongoing efforts to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. Grant applications are due August 13, 2018. Read more here.


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