☷HHS Announces $55 Million Funding Opportunity for Latest Iteration of its Tribal Opioid Response Grant Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( By Press Release office)
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The U . S Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) , through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) , is announcing $55 million in funding for its Tribal Opioid Response ( TOR ) grant program . This program reflects HHS’ commitment to evidence - based programs addressing opioid and stimulant misuse in tribal communities , as well as the Biden - Harris Administration’s Unity Agenda item of combatting addiction . “Every five minutes someone in the U . S . dies from a drug overdose , ” said Secretary Xavier Becerra . “The TOR program ensures this country’s Native American communities get connected to effective , culturally relevant treatment and recovery support services , which is critical to our work to advance health equity and address addiction and overdose . ”“The TOR grant program recognizes the full continuum of integrated care and services that are needed to help prevent substance use , expand quality treatment , and sustain recovery for people battling substance misuse , ” said Miriam E . Delphin - Rittmon , Ph . D . , HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA . “We will continue to advance innovative and comprehensive approaches to the evolving public health needs in tribal communities . ”The TOR grant program addresses the overdose crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to FDA - approved medications for the treatment of opioid misuse , and supporting prevention , harm reduction , treatment , and recovery support services for opioid and stimulant misuse and co - occurring mental and substance use conditions . Funding will be provided each year for up to 150 grantees over a two - year project period , beginning late FY 2022 . According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the rate of drug overdose deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives is above the national average . TOR supports the American Indian and Alaska Native Cultural Wisdom Declaration ( CWD ) , which elevates the importance of tribal identities , culture , spiritual beliefs , and practices for improving well - being . Tribal entities are encouraged to include the following elements into grant applications as appropriate: ancestral cultural knowledge , wisdom , ceremony , and practices of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes . Read the TOR Notice of Funding Opportunity . Anyone seeking treatment for mental health or substance use issues should call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800 - 662 - HELP ( 4357 ) or visit findtreatment . samhsa . gov . Reporters with questions should email media@samhsa . hhs . gov .
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