$4 Million in Grants Available to Fight Opioid Crisis

Published by The Bee News

October 13, 2022

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PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is making $4 million available in grants to help fight the opioid crisis. The money comes from historic AGO settlements with four pharmaceutical companies for their roles in the opioid crisis.

“While opioids have not recently received as much media attention as other public health issues, we can never forget those that have been devastated by this epidemic,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “The distribution of these grants should greatly assist many Arizonans on the road to recovery and well-being.”

Applicants will be able to apply for one or all three programs, which include:

  • $2,000,000 in total grant funding for rural counties (Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai, and Yuma counties)
  • $1,000,000 in total grant funding for large counties (Maricopa and Pima)
  • $1,000,000 in total grant funding statewide for “Medically-Underserved” populations

Grant funding may be used for several purposes including (but not limited to):

  • Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
  • Support for people in treatment and recovery
  • Addressing the needs of persons involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system
  • Addressing the needs of pregnant or parenting women, and preventing the misuse of opioids

In July 2022, General Brnovich secured consent judgments with Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen—the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors—and Johnson & Johnson, which manufactured and marketed opioids. Arizona and its political subdivisions will receive more than $540 million over the next 18 years from the consent judgments for opioid treatment, prevention, and education.

The money will be dispersed according to the One Arizona Memorandum of Understanding (One Arizona Plan), an agreement with 90 Arizona cities and towns and all 15 counties to distribute funds from opioid settlements expeditiously.  As part of the One Arizona Plan, the Arizona Legislature appropriated a portion of the settlement to the AGO during the 2022 legislative session to provide funding for grant programs to address and alleviate opioid abuse across the state.

Applicants will have 6 weeks to apply for grant funding from the AGO up until Monday, November 28, 2022, at 11:59 pm. Non-profits, for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and community coalitions are eligible. Government entities are not eligible to apply for this round of funding and will be addressed in future disbursements by local and state governments per the One Arizona Plan.

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