Opioids: Federal Grants

Our response to Wisconsin's opioid epidemic is funded in part by several federal grants.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Amount: $15,585,000 
  • Term: Three years (September 2019-August 2022, $5,195,000 per year)
  • Focus: Obtaining high quality, more comprehensive, and timely data on overdose morbidity and mortality to inform prevention and response efforts. 
  • Locations/counties: Statewide
  • Status report (January 19, 2021):
    • ​Surveillance projects
      • Collecting timely emergency department data on suspected all drug, all opioid, heroin, and all stimulant overdoses. 
      • Collecting death certificate and coroner/medical examiner data and disseminate descriptions of drug overdose death circumstances.
      • Implementing surveillance projects to support intervention activities.
    • Prevention projects
      • Supporting efforts of community organizations through grants and technical assistance. 
      • Developing more coordinated approach to naloxone and overdose education.
      • Supporting naloxone education through pharmacy schools and pharmacy champions.
      • Developing and presenting a webinar series for perinatal care coordinators and home visitors.
      • Expanding comprehensive dental pain protocol and education.
      • Implementing and integrating multidisciplinary pain management into clinics, Medicaid reimbursement opportunities.
      • Expanding overdose fatality review program.

Funds from this grant program are supporting the Resilient Wisconsin initiative and efforts to redesign the Dose of Reality campaign.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

State Opioid Response (SOR) 

While opioids remain the primary focus, this grant program now supports services for stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine.

  • Amount: $16,721,001
  • Term: One year (September 2020-September 2021) *A second year of funding is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2021.*
  • Focus: Provide community-level resources for people in need of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services 
  • Locations/counties: Statewide
  • Status report (May 1, 2021): 
    • Awarded funding to 13 county agencies to address unmet treatment needs (Douglas, Dunn, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, North Central Health Care [Langlade, Lincoln, and Marathon], Portage, Rock, Unified Community Services [Grant and Iowa], Waukesha, Winnebago).
    • Awarded funding to organizations to offer medication-assisted treatment in areas of the state with the greatest need for treatment services (ARC Community Services, Columbia County, Forest County Potawatomi, Milwaukee County, Sauk County, Tellurian, and United Community Center).
    • Awarded funding to four health care organizations to support opioid treatment services (Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - St. Joseph Campus, Milwaukee; Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan; and UW Health, Madison).
    • Awarded funding to support two regional opioid treatment centers.
    • Allocated funding to continue the NARCAN® Direct Program, which provides naloxone training and distribution in partnership with county, tribal, and community agencies.
    • Awarded funding to maintain and expand Wisconsin Voices for Recovery's ED2Recovery program, a program that helps drug overdose survivors avoid another overdose and encourages them to stay engaged in treatment. 
    • Awarded funding to maintain the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline.

Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-RX)

  • Amount: $1,858,080 
  • Term: Five years (September 2016-August 2021, $371,616 per year)
  • Focus: Raise awareness of the risks of prescription opioids, promote safe prescribing practices, establish a system to track emerging trends in opioid use
  • Locations/counties: Dodge and Sauk
  • Status report (January 19, 2021): ​
    • Provided training and technical assistance to the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth substance use prevention coalitions located in Dodge and Sauk counties.
    • Implemented the Dose of Reality public education campaign to raise awareness about the risks of sharing and misusing prescription opioids.
    • Promoted safe prescription opioid storage through education and distribution of secure medication storage boxes, and medication deactivation units.
    • Offered prescriber education sessions focused on safe opioid prescribing and supporting patients through pain management.
    • Provided Drug Recognition Expert training for law enforcement.
    • Provided Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals to educators in both counties to aid in recognizing signs and symptoms of impairment due to substance use.
    • Provided support for development of data dashboards on the DHS website.

Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI PDO)

  • Amount: $5,000,000 
  • Term: Five years (September 2016-August 2021, $1,000,000 per year)
  • Focus: Prevent overdose deaths, distribute naloxone
  • Locations/counties: Kenosha (public health department), Sauk (public health department), and Waukesha (health and human services department)
  • Status report (January 19, 2021): ​
    • Trained staff in selected counties on best practices.
    • Hosted trainings for community members on how to identify an opioid overdose and administer naloxone.
      • More than 8,400 individuals have been trained.
      • More than 8,700 naloxone kits have been distributed.
      • More than 300 opioid overdoses have been reversed.


Reports on federal grant activities

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Last Revised: June 9, 2021