Georgia and Alabama each received $400,000, split in two grants per state, to plan and implement programs “aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities” that are reported to be at a high risk for substance abuse.
The grants were awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the second year the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grants have been awarded, according to the HRSA.
“Recipients across 40 states will receive $200,000 for one year to formalize partnerships with local stakeholders, conduct needs assessments, and develop plans to implement and sustain substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions,” said the HRSA.
In Georgia, The Coporation of Mercer University and Wayne County both received $200,000 from in funding, while in Alabama the University of Alabama and the Alabama Primary Health Care Association, Inc. were the recipients.
Now that the grants have been received, Georgia and Alabama’s recipients will be expected to “formalize relationships with consortium members; conduct needs assessments; and develop workforce, service delivery, and sustainability plans,” according to the RCORP Planning description.