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Human Services awards funding for substance abuse prevention

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has awarded funding from two federal grants to 23 local public health units across the state to continue to implement evidence-based strategies aimed at substance abuse and opioid prevention efforts and effective treatment and recovery services.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Community grant, which is funded through the state’s federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block grant, supports evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs targeting underage drinking and adult binge drinking. The department will distribute $750,000 annually for two years to several local public health units, including Foster County Public Health, Rolette County Public Health District and Wells County District Health Unit.

The second federal grant, the State Opioid Response grant, is a two-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. It provides $4 million per year to North Dakota to support communities across the state to address local needs and gaps throughout the continuum of care specific to the opioid crisis while also addressing stimulant misuse and use disorders. It also helps to prevent overdoses by implementing prevention strategies including increasing access to naloxone.

The grantees include First District Health Unit, Foster County Public Health, Rolette County Public Health District and Wells County District Health Unit.