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: $23,958,666 (plus $6,253,212 one-time supplemental funding)
  • Term: Two years (October 2018-September 2020, $11,979,333 per year) 
  • 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, Manitowoc 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 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-August 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, 2019): ​
    • Funded the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Regional Prevention Centers to:
      • Host a Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP).
      • Host prescriber education training.
      • Host Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training.
      • Host Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).
      • Host Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST).
    • Funded the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Regional Prevention Centers to support one community coalition in each of the 14 counties to:
      • Implement a community education and/or media campaign, including the Dose of Reality campaign.
      • Promote medication security, collection, and disposal.
      • Support for drug recognition expert training for law enforcement.
    • Provided funding for the community coalitions to do one of the following:

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, 2019): ​
    • 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 Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals (DITEP) to educators in both counties to aid in recognizing signs and symptoms of impairment due to substance use.

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, 2019): ​
    • Trained staff in selected counties on best practices.
    • Hosted trainings for first responders on how to use naloxone.

To date, grantees have trained over 5,920 individuals, including more than 1,460 first responders and more than 4,460 members of the general public. More than 135 opioid overdoses have been reversed as result of these trainings.


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Last Revised: October 14, 2019