$400K in grants awarded to two Upper Peninsula facilities for opioid response

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $24 million to 40 states for the second round of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) planning grants.

Six Michigan locations will receive $1.2 million total 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.

In the Upper Peninsula, Upper Great Lakes Family Center in Gwinn and Luce Mackinac Health Department in Newberry will each receive $200,000 grants.

“RCORP-Planning is part of a multi-year initiative by HRSA to support treatment for and prevention of SUD/OUD,” said HRSA Administrator, George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D, in a news release. “The goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of the diseases in high-risk rural communities.”

“Rural communities continue to face several challenges in accessing SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services," said Associate Administrator for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Tom Morris, in a news release. "Over half of rural counties nationwide lack a provider who is waivered to prescribe buprenorphine, and on average, rural opioid users are more likely to be uninsured, less educated, and lower income than their urban counterparts.”

Rural communities also face workforce shortages, geographic barriers, limited treatment infrastructure, and stigma associated with SUD/OUD.

To review a complete list of all grant recipients, click here.

To learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit their website.

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