Hoeven Announces More Than $5.6 Million In Funding For North Dakota To Address Opioid Abuse, Mental Health

Funding Comes on the Heels of Passage of Comprehensive Opioid Response Bill & Legislation Supporting Efforts to Combat the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $5.6 million in funding to address opioid abuse in North Dakota. The funding will be used to increase access to treatment and evidence-based services for individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as to support the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota (UND). 

“Today’s funding aligns with legislation we passed this week and our ongoing work in Congress to address the opioid abuse epidemic,” Hoeven said. “The funding will allow health care providers, including community health centers in Beulah, Fargo, Turtle Lake, Grand Forks and Barnes County, to play an even greater role in addressing the treatment needs of those living with mental health and substance abuse. In addition, it will also support the Center for Rural Health at UND which provides resources to health care providers in rural communities throughout our state.”

Details of today’s funding are as follows:

HHS Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Grant

  • North Dakota Department of Human Services – $4,020,043

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Metal Health Services Awards

  • Coal Country Community Health Center in Beulah – $348,250
  • Family Healthcare Center in Fargo – $285,000
  • Northland Health Partners Community Health Center in Turtle Lake – $285,000
  • Valley Community Health Centers in Grand Forks – $285,000

HRSA Rural Health Opioid Program

  • City-County Health District in Valley City – $250,000

HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy Award

  • Center for Rural Health at UND – $200,000

Earlier this week, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act that focuses on all aspects of the opioid abuse crisis and includes two pieces of legislation Hoeven cosponsored to prevent the sale and shipment of illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. The Senate also passed Fiscal Year 2019 funding legislation that provides strong support for efforts to combat the opioid abuse epidemic.