Rep. Ryan Applauds Funding For New State Opioid Response Project
Plan supplements work led by Ohio House through budget, other legislation
October 30, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) applauded the nearly $56 million in funding approved yesterday by the Ohio Controlling Board to combat the opioid epidemic.

The State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant, implemented by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) and awarded by the federal government, supplements the more than $180 million in new money appropriated through 2017’s state operating budget, initiated by the Ohio House and supported by Rep. Ryan, to aggressively respond to drug addiction in the state.

According to documents from MHAS, the Ohio SOR plan will:

• Expand prevention efforts related to naloxone distribution
• Provide improved training to professionals responding to the opioid epidemic
• Deploy targeted awareness messaging in Ohio communities
• Expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
• Expand the use of certified peer supporters and access to recovery housing, particularly for families
• Develop employment opportunities for people in recovery

"This much needed assistance from the federal government will provide a significant supplement to a wide range of front line efforts that have shown positive outcomes,” said Rep. Ryan. “I am pleased to serve on the controlling board and to have had the opportunity to help approve this grant, which will assist thousands of Ohioans who are struggling for a pathway to healthy living."

Projections submitted to the board estimate that treatment and recovery support services would be provided to 9,000 addicted individuals, a total of 18,000 people over the span of the 2-year project.

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