The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded $5.45 million dollars over two years to address prescription opioid abuse and drug poisoning deaths. The funds, made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Opioid Initiative through the 21st Century Cures Act.
“This funding for the Iowa Opioid State Targeted Response project will be distributed to our regional prevention and treatment provider network to focus on community assessment and planning for accessible opioid treatment across each service area,” said Monica Wilke-Brown, who will manage the Iowa Opioid State Targeted Response Program. “Our partners will work with IDPH to build a statewide infrastructure to address opioid misuse, increase awareness of opioid risks, and increase the use of medication assisted treatment (MAT).”
Substance Use Disorder treatment providers in all regions of the state will receive funding through the grant. Click here to see a map of treatment providers. For more information about the IDPH Opioid Treatment Program, click here.