OneEighty, Anazao get grant to fight opioid use

OneEighty, Anazao get grant to fight opioid use
                        

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently joined with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and RecoveryOhio to announce funding awards totaling more than $13 million to help communities throughout Ohio continue the fight against opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths.

OneEighty and Anazao Community Partners, both nonprofit behavioral health agencies that serve Wayne and Holmes counties, received $234,319 for the first year of the funding. The agencies’ goals are to use technology to enhance their evidence-based treatment programs, increase access to care and improve outcomes among those with addiction disease.

“We are incredibly pleased to be awarded these dollars, which will provide additional tools to help individuals and families struggling with addiction. Ultimately, our goal is to help people get well and lead healthy and productive lives,” said Bobbi Douglas, executive director of
OneEighty.

“This federal funding will expand our ability to work with local community partners and use innovative means of technology to support Ohioans in need and on their recovery journeys, especially as we work through the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and substance use treatment needs,” DeWine said.

The state agency announced a total of 57 awards including nearly $4.9 million to 36 community organizations under the Use of Community Partners program and $8.3 million to 21 recipients of the Use of Innovation program.

The Use of Community Partners funding initiative seeks to strengthen Ohio’s integrated behavioral health system by closing gaps in the local continuum of care. Funding under this planned investment supports traditional and nontraditional community partners such as faith-based and minority organizations to engage all Ohioans more effectively in services to support long-term community recovery and health equity.

The Use of Innovation funds, meanwhile, will support technology and innovation advancements in Ohio’s behavioral healthcare delivery system. Examples include the use of digital cafes, expanded telehealth service provision and increasing access to Smartphone applications designed to support individuals in recovery.

“While the pandemic has rightfully been front and center in everyone’s minds, the opioid epidemic hasn’t gone away. It persists as a threat to our citizens and our communities,” OhioMHAS director Lori Criss said. “This funding will help local partners like OneEighty and Anazao connect even more Ohioans to treatment and recovery services and support their use of new technology and innovation to stem the tide of addiction and overdose deaths.”

For more information about Ohio’s State Opioid Investments, visit www.mha.ohio.gov/About-Us/Grants-and-Funding/Federal-Funding/State-Opioid-Response.

For more information about OneEighty, visit www.one-eighty.org or Anazao at www.anazaocommunitypartners.org/.


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