We have only seen the tip of the effects of the Opioid Crisis exacerbated by isolation during the pandemic.
The Senate Joint Economic Committee estimates the econooc cost at $1.5 trillion in 2020, an increase of $400 billion since 2017.
The focus here is federal and state, but don't forget that foundations are the tails that wag the dog; they have already been funding ahead of the curve.
Across levels of government—and across the aisle—we must focus on saving lives and treating opioid addiction like the disease it is. Through coordinated efforts to curb demand—by funding prevention, treatment, and recovery support services — Congress has the power to reduce the society- and economy-wide harms.” - Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Chairman Don Beyer (VA-08) and Representative David Trone (MD-06), co-founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force and member of the Committee in an Op-Ed piece in The Hill.
The White House tacked on $1.5 billion in funding on top of the $5.5 billion already allocated for addiction treatment programs.
What does this mean? Well, hopefully this moves towards a healthier nation.
For those working in the social sector for nonprofits or treatment centers focused on addictions and mental health; get ready.
It's a bipartisan issue.
Your grant proposals should already be structured to meet the need. Is your business plan ready to deliver on your core mission?
How will you deliver?
What's your solution and why is it different?
Who are your partners?
How do they enhance your delivery mechanism ?
What's your track record/ past performance?
How will you know success?
How will you measure outputs and outcomes?
Did you address DEIA? If not, why?
Is your project sustainable?
What are your costs?
Are they reasonable?
Not new questions folks.
Are you ahead or behind the federal funding curve?
Funding for addictions will be passed down through contracts, grants, and grant cooperatives at the federal level and the remaining will be administered throuh states and county block grants to health departments.
Many federal agencies are invested, so expect funding not just to be DHHS, SAMHSA, HRSA, but also through Commerce, Education, Veterans Affairs and more.
SAMSHA will be a big player as always through The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) designed to "enable[s] states and jurisdictions to provide substance abuse prevention activities, treatment and recovery support services and places an emphasis on the provision of treatment services for populations of focus, specifically, persons who inject drugs,
DOJ is another big player here through the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP). Its role is to give financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, to addresss fall out of the opioid crisis.
I saw the firms below have bid at least on one federal opportunity. They are ahead of the curve.
Connecticut Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services
Freedom Source, Inc.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc.
Chestnut Health Systems Inc.
The Otis R Bowen Center For Human Services Inc
Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
Lutheran Services Florida Inc.
County Of Stark
Odyssey House Louisiana Inc.
Preferred Family Healthcare, Incorporated
Seven Counties Services Inc.
Cherokee Health Systems
Mid-Erie Mental Health Services, Inc.
Signature Health, Inc.
Central City Concern
David Lawrence Mental Health Center Inc.
Vocational Instruction Project Community Services, Inc.
La Clinica De LOS Campesinos Inc.
Community Health Resources, Inc.
Project Renewal, Inc.
Horizon Health & Wellness Inc.
Metro Drug Coalition Inc.
Volunteers Of America Of Western New York, Inc.
The Roskamp Institute Inc
Do you want to chase money and opportunities, or position and evaluate your programs to be funded?
Do you want to think about it some more?
In my mind, for most players, there is only one right answer.
For those outside of the addictions world this also holds true.
Evaluate, improve, and be on point. It's only a matter of time before Sam starts spending on you.
All for now.
P.S. Yes, of course I can help you.