December 11, 2018
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

#HopeActLiveWI: New Grants to Help Inmates in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Inmates living with opioid use disorder at 16 county jails are eligible for a medication-assisted treatment program funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The program is designed to help people stay off heroin and prescription painkillers after they are released.

“The need for opioid use disorder treatment reaches across all populations, including people in the criminal justice system,” says DHS Director of Opioid Initiatives Director Paul Krupski. “Meeting this health need helps lead inmates to the road to recovery and helps them to establish stable, productive lives.”

The grant recipients are working with jails in the following counties to provide this program.

  • Bayfield
  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Dane
  • Dodge
  • Grant
  • Kenosha
  • Iowa
  • Manitowoc
  • Racine
  • Rock
  • Shawano
  • Sheboygan
  • Walworth
  • Waushara
  • Vilas

Participating inmates receive a dose of an injectable medication before their release that treats opioid use disorder. A treatment plan after release that includes counseling and follow-up injections provided in the community is established to ensure success.

The total amount awarded is $1,326,040. View a list of grant recipients and the amount awarded to each agency. This funding is available through June 30, 2019. The contracts may be extended. Up to $750,000 of funding is available in future state fiscal years.

The funding for this grant program is part of 2017 Wisconsin Act 261, one of 30 bills authored by state Representative John Nygren and signed by Governor Scott Walker since 2014 as part of the Heroin, Opioid, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda to address Wisconsin’s opioid crisis.

In 2017, 916 people died from opioid-related overdoses in Wisconsin. If you or someone you love has a problem with opioids, contact the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline. Call 211 or 833-944-4673 or visit