July 17, 2017
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683

Grants Address Unmet Opioid Treatment Needs

Effort is part of Wisconsin’s State Targeted Response Initiative

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to 16 counties and three tribal nations to increase access to treatment services for opioid abuse

“The grants DHS is announcing today are part of a comprehensive effort to combat opioid abuse and overdose in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “In addition to these grants, I’m signing 11 special session bills into law today at the recommendation of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse. Agencies like DHS, lawmakers, law enforcement officers, health professionals, and other local partners throughout the state are all working together to end this epidemic in Wisconsin once and for all.”

“These grants will bring hope and healing to areas overwhelmed by this epidemic,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “We are committed to working with our local partners to address unmet treatment needs.” 

The grant recipients include:

  • Dane County
  • Dodge County
  • Douglas County
  • Green County
  • Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Jefferson County
  • Kenosha County
  • La Crosse County
  • Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  • Manitowoc County
  • Marquette County
  • Milwaukee County
  • Portage County
  • Racine County
  • Rock County
  • Sheboygan County
  • St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Waukesha County
  • Winnebago County

Each county and tribe receiving a grant is expected to use the most effective and efficient practices for treatment of opioid use disorder.  Delivery of services must begin prior to September 1, 2017. The grant funding is available through April 30, 2018. It is estimated that 995 people will receive services as result of this funding.

The total amount awarded is $2,387,092. This funding is the largest part of Wisconsin’s share of the federal Opioid State Targeted Response Grant. DHS plans to use its one-year, $7,636,938 award to enhance ongoing prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives.