JACKSON, Miss.(WJTV) – A multi-million dollar grant is helping Mississippi tackle the opioid crisis across the state.
The Mississippi Department of Mental Health received a $7.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Funds from the grant will go towards a two-year program called, State Opioid Response (SOR). The program will help educate people in rural communities about opioid addiction, provide support programs, and increase access to medication-assisted treatments (MAT).
Melody Winston, with the Alcohol and Drug Services in the DMH Bureau of Behavioral Health, said in a statement, “Our goal for this funding is to create a robust state system of care with a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.” She added, “Access to high-quality care for individuals with opioid use disorders will be a targeted focus in rural and high-need areas of the state.”
According to DMH, 256 overdose deaths were reported in Mississippi in 2017. Of those, 189 were opioid related.
Department of Mental Health Executive Director Diana Mikula says the two-year grant will serve as a vital role to decreasing opioid related deaths in Mississippi.
“We look forward to implementing more service and support programs through this grant and continuing to support Mississippians in their recovery from substance use disorders.”