August 15, 2018

CT to receive $10M grant for substance abuse, mental health response

PHOTO | Steve Heap,
PHOTO | Steve Heap,

The state will receive a $10 million federal grant to support more than 2,000 individuals suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders, the governor announced this week.

Gov. Dannel. P. Malloy said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will award the funds to the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

The state plans to use the funds to pair physical health providers with mental health and substance use providers in Hartford, Bridgeport and Waterbury. The cities have high rates of Medicaid spend and behavioral health diagnosis, officials said.

Behavioral health providers Recovery Network of Programs in Bridgeport, Community Health Resources and Wellmore Behavioral Health in Waterbury will partner with Hartford's Charter Oak Health Center and others for physical health services.

The federal funds will also serve to combat the opioid crisis in Connecticut through increasing access to medicine and treatments.

In May, state officials said opioid prescriptions in 2017 fell by 14 percent vs. 2016 and have decreased by about 16.9 percent, or 440,091, since 2014.

The National Safety Council assigned Connecticut a "B" grade for their efforts to protect residents from opioid overdoses. No state rated an "A," NSC said.

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