Federal funds helping to reduce overdose deaths in the First State
DELAWARE–The First State is continuing to address the impacts of the opioid epidemic.
They are launching the Prevention and Recovery Support Services Fund to reduce overdose deaths. Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long said during the COVID-19 pandemic, drug overdose deaths continued to rise disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities. So, with funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, they plan to support organizations working in those communities to connect Delawareans with services that address the social factors that both put people at higher risk and make it more difficult to access substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment.
“In particular, communities who are often undeserved, black and brown communities and others often have many more support service needs and it’s things often we take for granted, little things like transportation, child care, housing you know, support that we absolutely need to have a fulfilled life,” Lt. Gov. Hall-Long said.
Funding will be awarded to service providers and community organizations, including faith-based and advocacy groups, and can be used to eliminate barriers for people experiencing or at-risk for developing substance use disorder when accessing services such as transportation, housing, and workforce capacity.
Organizations may apply for funding by visiting https://ltgov.delaware.gov/recovery-management-support-services-fund/. Applications must be submitted by October 28, 2022, to be considered for available funding.