Hoeven Announces Funding for Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Response Efforts in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has awarded more than $5.1 million to state and tribal entities in North Dakota through the State and Tribal Opioid Response Programs. This funding will support state and community-led efforts to provide prevention, treatment, recovery and support services to those impacted by opioid use disorder. Through flexibilities Hoeven worked to include in Fiscal Year 2020 funding legislation, these grants may also be used to treat and address other stimulant use disorders, including for methamphetamine.

  • North Dakota State Department of Human Services – $4,000,773 through the State Opioid Response (SOR) program. 
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians – $700,000 through the Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) program. 
  • Spirit Lake Tribe – $400,000 through the TOR program.

HHS has also awarded funding to youth prevention programs in North Dakota through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Details are as follows: 

  • Impact Foundation – $125,000 to support LevelUp Fargo, the Fargo Community Coalition in their efforts to delay, decrease and defeat youth alcohol and drug use. 
  • Richland County Health Department – $125,000 to support Project Youth Empowered for Success (YES) Coalition in Wahpeton combating youth use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.
  • Altru Health System – $125,000 to support the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program in Grand Forks. 

“These grants will aid state and local efforts to prevent and treat substance use disorders,” said Hoeven. “It’s important our communities and youth have access to the resources and services needed to prevent and combat the drug epidemic, which has affected too many of our communities.”