Opioids: Federal Grants

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

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

State Opioid Response (SOR) 

  • Amount: $11,979,333 (plus  $6,253,212 one-time supplemental funding)
  • Term: One year (October 2018-September 2019) Expected to be an annual allocation
  • Focus: Increase access to medication-assisted treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, reduce opioid-related deaths
  • Locations/counties: Statewide
  • Status report (June 1, 2019): 
    • Awarded funding to 22 counties and seven tribes with the most unmet opioid-related treatment needs to reduce wait times and expand access to medication-assisted treatment. (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Brown County, Dane County, Douglas County, Dunn County, Green County, Ho-Chunk Nation, Jefferson County, Kenosha County, La Crosse County, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Mantiowoc County, Marquette County, Menominee County, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Monroe County, Mole Lake (Sokaogon Chippewa Community) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, North Central Health Care (Langlade, Lincoln, and Marathon counties), Portage County, Racine County, Rock County, Sheboygan County, Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, Unified Services (Grant/Iowa counties), Washington County, Waukesha County, and Winnebago County
    • Awarded funding to six organizations to offer medication-assisted treatment in areas of the state with the greatest need for treatment services. (ARC Community Services, Forest County Potawatomi, Milwaukee County, Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Tellurian United Community Center and ARC Community Services.)
    • Awarded funding to maintain and expand the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery's ED2Recovery program, a program that helps opioid overdose survivors avoid another overdose and encourages them to stay engaged in treatment. 
    • Awarded funding to the two opioid treatment centers established in 2018 under the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant. (La Clinica and a partnership of Dodge and Fond du Lac counties)
    • Established a Narcan® Direct program to provide naloxone training and distribution in partnership with county, tribal, and community agencies.  
    • Awarded funding to maintain the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline
    • Awarded funding to train all grantees on best practices on client outcomes tracking. 

Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF PFS 15)

  • Amount: $8,240,940 
  • Term: Five years  (September 2015-September 2020, $1,648,188 per year)
  • Focus: Prescription drug misuse and abuse among those 12-25 years old
  • Locations/counties: Ashland, Columbia, Dane, Douglas, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Vilas, Oneida, Kenosha, Marinette, Menominee, Milwaukee, and Rock
  • Status report (June 1, 2018): ​
    • Selected strategies to implement:
      • Promotion of the Dose of Reality campaign.
      • Promotion of medication security, collection, and disposal.
      • Education for prescribers.
      • Support for drug recognition expert training for law enforcement.
      • Support for drug identification training for educators.
    • Alliance for Wisconsin Youth regional prevention centers have funded one coalition in each of the 14 high-need counties to implement the strategies identified above. The coalitions began their implementation efforts on October 1, 2016.

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 opioids, promote safe prescribing practices, establish system to track misuse trends
  • Locations/counties: Dodge and Sauk
  • Status report (June 1, 2018): ​
    • Provided training, technical assistance, and support through the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth to substance abuse prevention coalitions in both counties.
    • Provided professional development opportunities to community members in both counties engaged in substance abuse prevention work.
    • Provided training for educators in both counties to help them support students experiencing a substance use challenge.

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), Sauk (Public Health), and Waukesha (Health and Human Services)
  • Status report (June 1, 2018): ​
    • Trained staff in selected counties on best practices.
    • Hosted trainings for first responders on how to use naloxone.

To date, grantees have trained over 5,300 individuals, including more than 1,300 first responders and more than 3,950 members of the general public. More than 90 opioid overdoses have been reversed as result of these trainings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States (PDO:Pfs)

  • Amount: $7,800,000
  • Term: Four years (September 2015-August 2019)
  • Focus: Implement community or health system interventions aimed at improving prescriber practices, enhance and maximize the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, implement projects targeting women of reproductive age, and implement and promote Statewide Standing Order for Naloxone.
  • Location/counties: Statewide
  • Status report (January 8, 2019)
    • Supported the integration of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program into the electronic health records system of 14 health systems.
    • Supported provider education campaigns in six health care systems.
    • Supported the efforts of seven groups to conduct overdose fatality reviews in order to better understand the circumstances surrounding an overdose death and inform prevention efforts.
    • Supported the implementation of a comprehensive care model for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder at the Family Health Center of Marshfield (plus site in Minocqua).
    • Supported the Pregnancy2Recovery model. 
    • Supported community-based study of the views of African American women, men, youth, and LGBTQ+ individuals affected by opioid/drug use in Dane County.

Opioid Overdose (ESOOS)

  • Amount: $1,300,000
  • Term: Three years (September 2016-August 2019)
  • Focus: Develop rapid opioid overdose data systems and disseminate that information
  • Location/counties: Statewide
  • Status report (January 8, 2019)
    • Developed weekly county-level alert system for suspected opioid overdoses. 
    • Developed county, regional, and state monthly report on suspected opioid overdoses.

2018 Opioid Crisis CoAg (Public Health Crisis Response)

  • Amount: $2,700,000
  • Term: One year (September 2018-August 2019)
  • Focus: Support the state’s ability to rapidly mobilize and respond to opioids as a public health emergency
  • Location/counties: Statewide
  • Status report (January 8, 2019)
    • Awarded mini-grants to local and regional partners to enhance opioid response.
    • Created a trauma-informed training for emergency medical services workers.
    • Strengthened biosurveillance by enhancing data collection efforts, providing technical assistance, and training to local health departments. 
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Last Revised: June 14, 2019