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      The Fight Against Opioid Addiction to Receive $123M in Grants from SAMHSA

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      In the 12 months leading up to January 2021, more than 94,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses. An increase of 29,000 more than the year before. To combat this epidemic, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is granting more than $123 million in funds.

      SAMHSA Goal: More MAT Services, Less Opioid Use

      SAMHSA is dedicating the lion’s share of those funds – $71.3 million – toward expanding community access to Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, for people suffering from opioid use disorder. As a massive influx of deadly synthetic prescription opioids such as fentanyl continues to fuel the raging epidemic, the objective of SAMHSA's simple yet ambitious five-year program is two-fold:

      • Increase the number of people receiving MAT services
      • Decrease illegal opioid use and prescription misuse within six months of start-up

      The funds will be distributed among 127 grantees in 35 states, with New York (17), California (14), and Massachusetts (12) having the highest number of organizational grantees. Distributions range from $330,440 to more than $1 million, though most grantees (110) will receive between $500,000 and $525,000. 

      All qualifying Native American communities were on the high end of the scale as illustrated in the list of Top 10 recipients shown below:

      Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Red Lake, MN $1,050,000  
      Cherokee Nation Tahlequah, OK $1,050,000  
      Muscogee Creek Nation Okmulgee, OK $1,050,000  
      Ho-Chunk Nation Black River Falls, WI $1,050,000  
      Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Inc. Anchorage, AK $1,049,862  
      Comanche Nation Lawton, OK $1,049,776  
      Indiana Family & Social Services Admin. Indianapolis $1,000,000  
      Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes Poplar, MT $994,513  
      Cowlitz Indian Tribe Longview, WA $962,512  
      Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians Grand Ronde, OR $825,601  


      In all, these grantees are scheduled to receive up to $331.2 million over the next five years.

      substance abuse ehr system informationThe SAMHSA grant programs are part of an ongoing mission to connect those with substance use disorders (SUD) to treatments and support that are both evidence-based and culturally appropriate.

      “Americans battling substance use disorders, and their families, deserve easily accessible, culturally appropriate, and effective treatment options and recovery supports,” says Xavier Becerra, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. “We remain committed to nourishing the programs that help communities address the alarming increase in overdose-related deaths by increasing awareness and access to prevention, treatment, and recovery supports.”

      MAT on the Map with 5 Other SAMHSA Grants

      The balance of the funding will go toward five other grants, including the following:

      Tribal Opioid Response Grants: This program is largely an extension of the above-mentioned MAT grant, but with two-year funding awards of $19.5 million going exclusively toward 40 tribal communities. With a focus on OUD-related needs, grant recipients will also address stimulant misuse and use disorders, emphasizing substances such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

      Screening, Brief, Intervention, and Referral to Treatment: $10.6 million will go to 11 grantees who will receive up to $53.6 million over five years.

      Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs: Awards totaling $9.9 million will go to 21 grantees, who will receive up to $40.3 million over five years for programs that raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and to reduce overprescribing to young adults.

      First Responder-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Grants: Funding awards totaling $8.2 million will go to 16 grantees, who will receive up to $32.9 million over four years.

      Providers Clinical Support System – Universities: Awards totaling $3.9 million will go to 27 grantees, who will receive up to $11.9 million over three years, in part to expand and enhance MAT services by investing in the nation's medical workforce educational system.

      These grants represent just the latest in billions of dollars awarded by SAMHSA this year. Most recently, SAMHSA in July awarded $250 million to 100 Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers to improve treatment services for SUD and mental health disorders. 

      “This funding will strengthen the full continuum of care for those battling addiction, and enhance healthcare providers’ depth of knowledge and best practices,” says Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., the HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “We remain committed to helping the nation find ways to promote responsible prescribing practices, interrupt cycles of addiction, and make it easier for our loved ones to access the treatment and recovery supports they need. The COVID-19 pandemic has only added to the urgency of our mission.”


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      InSync's Specialized EHR Software Gives You a Fighting Chance in War on Opioids

      As a  leader in behavioral health EHR software, InSync Healthcare Solutions offers features that effectively equip practices in their treatment of patients with substance use disorder and opioid use disorder, including:

      • Software that facilitates the planning and implementation of effective treatment plans for substance use disorder treatments
      • A full pharmacological history along with drug allergies
      • A fully integrated EMAR system to allow the safe and scheduled dispensing of medications for inpatient care

      schedule a demo with insync healthcare solutionsAs the EHR software of choice for thousands of mental health providers across all 50 states, InSync's specialized system includes everything from group therapy scheduling and group notes to telehealth, e-Prescribing, eMAR, custom forms, and more.

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