September 19, 2018

CRT awarded $1.5M for opioid abuse care

Hartford nonprofit Community Renewal Team (CRT) announced Wednesday it won a $1.5 million grant to increase care for ex-offenders battling opioid addiction.

CRT said the grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) agency will expand access to its Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), which serves recently released Hartford offenders.

The program aims to increase the amount of patients receiving support and recovery services and decreasing the percentage of opioid use after six months.

CRT will be collaborating with an assistant professor from UCONN, who will be the evaluator of the programming and follow-up with clients.

Hartford has the highest rate of opioid-related deaths (24.1 per 100,000) and the largest amount of ex-offenders despite being Connecticut's third biggest city, CRT said.

Recently released offenders also overdose at a higher rate due to decreased drug tolerance during their incarceration, the nonprofit said.

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