Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced [Sept. 15th] the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has awarded $6 million in grants to eleven organizations across the state to address the opioid crisis. The funding will be used to support opioid abuse and underlying mental health issues for more than 21,000 children, pregnant women and mothers, veterans, and underserved communities.
“We are quickly moving more resources to help Arizonans who have been devastated by the opioid crisis,” Gen. Brnovich said. “The organizations that receive grants are on the front lines of this fight and are doing a great job of supporting affected families and communities.”
The grants will fund services in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. The following groups received grants:
- American Phoenix Vets – $600,000
- 250 veterans without housing and housing security will receive prevention and treatment services for opioid use disorder (OUD), other substance use disorders and/or mental illness .
- Boys & Girls Club of the Valley (Maricopa and Pinal County) – $599,932
- 6,000 club members between the ages of 5 and 17 who attend one of 27 clubs will receive training to deter and prevent opioid abuse.
- Maggie’s – $599,632
- 130 pregnant women or homeless mothers of babies with OUD and co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD)/mental health will be treated, along with babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, in the county from Maricopa.
- Banner Health Foundation (STARC) – $599,479
- 2,950 individuals and family members/caregivers in rural Pinal County communities will receive OUD/SUD telehealth services from addiction medicine experts.
- Banner Health Foundation (FC-NAS) – $599,328
- 1,020 pregnant women and mothers of newborns with TOU will be treated through a family-centered neonatal abstinence program (FC-NAS) in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties.
- Neighborhood Health Care Access (NOAH) – $597,186
- 6,000 people with SUD/OUD/co-occurring mental health conditions living in Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale will be treated, including people on very low incomes and without insurance.
- Valley Hope Foundation – $579,700
- 950 adults with OUD will be treated at the Chandler and Tempe treatment facilities. Grant funding will help pay for treatment costs for uninsured or underinsured people as well as additional staff.
- Amity Foundation – $570,933
- An additional 12 people will be treated for OUD at the Pima County facility due to the increased bed capacity through the grant. Dependents stay from 30 days to 7 months. 80% of patients are Native American and patients are allowed to bring children with them for treatment.
- HonorHealth – $444,270
- 300 people affected by the opioid crisis will receive treatment and services through the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program which supports people in treatment and recovery from OUD.
- Sun Corridor Boys and Girls Club (Pinal County) – $329,127
- 2,375 Pinal County youth, including 1,175 local school students and 1,200 club members, will receive education designed to prevent and discourage youth from using opioids.
- Pinal Hispanic Council – $276,831
- 550 Pinal County families and/or community residents will participate in programs and education efforts designed to support loved ones with opioid users in the family. The money will also be used to direct treatment resources to addicts, as well as educate the community on how to prevent opioid abuse and proper disposal of medication.
- Boys and Girls Club of Tucson – $254,661
- 1,080 club members ages 5 to 17 in Pima County will receive training on how to avoid abuse of opioids and other dangerous substances.
“Maggie’s Place is grateful for the investment from the Attorney General’s Office,” said Laura Magruder, CEO of Maggie’s Place. “These funds allow us to walk alongside our mothers during pregnancy and beyond. For over twenty years, Maggie’s Place has provided direct housing and services that promote stability, resilience and healthy families.
The Banner Health Foundation will receive over $1 million in grants.
“We are grateful to have received these significant funds to help address opioid use disorders in some of our most vulnerable populations here in Arizona, including mothers and newborns and those who live in rural communities that may lack access and resources,” says Andy Kramer Petersen. , President and CEO of the Banner Health Foundation. “As Arizona’s largest healthcare system, Banner Health has been at the forefront of this crisis, first through the Banner Poison & Drug information line and now through these innovative new programs for support those most in need of help and recovery. These funds will help us save countless lives.
The grant funds come from the AGO’s February 2021 settlement with McKinsey & Company, which resolved investigations into the company’s role in fueling the opioid crisis. As a result of this settlement, the AGO also provided $4.5 million in grants to address addiction and mental health in the criminal justice system and awarded $1.5 million to three nonprofit organizations. nonprofit to provide opioid abuse education, treatment and prevention to people living in rural communities.
This press release was provided by the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
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