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PA Receives $26 Million in 21st Century CURE Acts Funding to Fuel the Commonwealth’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

April 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released $485 million in second year funding for the Opioid State Targeted Response grants.  The grants were awarded to 57 states and territories, including $26 million for Pennsylvania, to enhance efforts to combat the opioid crisis. State Targeted Response grants were created by the 21st Century Cures Act to help support evidence-based efforts at the state level to prevent the misuse of opioids, expand access to effective treatment options, and to offer support to those in recovery.

Pennsylvania leveraged round one funding, $26 million, to improve the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program infrastructure and opioid overdose surveillance systems; expand access to evidence-base treatment practices; and train providers and responders on overdose prevention and opioid treatment topics. Last week, the commonwealth collaborated with HAP and other stakeholders to host the sixth and final regional warm hand off summit aimed at connecting hospitals and treatment providers in order to better navigate overdose patients from the hospital emergency department to opioid use disorder treatment. The six regional summits were funded by the commonwealth’s year one Opioid State Target Response grant.

For information about HAP’s clinical work around the opioid crisis, contact Dr. Michael Consuelos, HAP’s senior vice president, clinical integration. For information about federal efforts, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy.

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