Vermont to Receive $2 Million Dollar Grant to Address Opioid Misuse

Montpelier, Vt. - A new federal grant to bring more access to prevention and treatment of opioid misuse is coming to Vermont.

According to a media release, Governor Phil Scott joined Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch are accepting the $2 million dollar grant which will be the first of two rounds in the 21st Century Cures Act.

Officials say the funds come from the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants which is allocated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

According to officials, the grant money will be used to help fund public and private nonprofit partnerships, expand peer recovery support, and more educational programs.

We are taking a comprehensive approach, and this funding will help strengthen our ability to effectively address the opioid crisis in our state,” said Gov. Scott.

“I appreciate the commitment of Secretary Price, and the indispensable work of our congressional delegation, to helping Vermont and the nation confront these considerable challenges,” added Scott.

Sen. Leahy, Sen.Sanders, and Rep. Welch sent the following joint statement about the grant:

"This new funding will strengthen efforts already underway in Vermont to address the opioid crisis. Our state, like so many others, faces extraordinary challenges resulting from an influx of heroin and fentanyl on a scale that we have never seen before. In Washington, we are fighting to commit the resources needed to address this crisis head-on and to support smart policies that reduce the demand for these drugs. We look forward to working with Governor Scott and his team to help those in need. We owe it to Vermonters to get this right.”

Officials say grants are being awarded to all 50 states.

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