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October 5, 2020

Arizona Awarded $31.6 Million in Federal Grant Funds to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Arizona will receive more than $31.6 million per year for two years to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services to individuals affected by opioid use disorders and/or stimulant use disorders.

Using the State Opioid Response II (SOR II) two-year grant, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) will administer work with other state agencies, contracted health plans, and community partners to address specific initiatives that:

Efforts will focus on populations that have identified unmet needs, including individuals in rural and isolated areas; veterans, military service members and military families; pregnant women and parents with opioid use disorder; individuals experiencing homelessness; tribal populations; individuals who have experienced trauma, toxic stress or adverse childhood experiences; and individuals re-entering the community from correctional settings.

The SOR II grant extends services to underinsured and uninsured Arizona residents regardless of Medicaid eligibility.

AHCCCS will distribute SOR II funding through many community partners and state agencies, including but not limited to: Arizona Department of Health Services; Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family; Arizona Department of Child Safety; Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry; Arizona Department of Veterans' Services; Arizona State University; Gila River Health Care; Pascua Yaqui Tribe; Mercy Care; Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan; Health Choice Arizona; Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency; Phoenix Police Department; and the University of Arizona.

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