HRSA announces funding to develop rural opioid response plans

Eligible organizations can apply through July 30 for up to $200,000 in fiscal year 2018 funding to develop opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery plans for high-risk rural communities, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced. The lead applicant must be part of a group including at least three other partners. The initiative is part of a $130 million multi-year initiative to improve access to and recruitment of new substance use disorder providers; build sustainable treatment resources; increase the use of telehealth; establish cross-sector community partnerships; implement new models of care, including integrated behavioral health; and provide technical assistance. The agency expects to award about 75 grants in FY 2018.

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