Cassidy Announces $21.7 Million to Combat Opioid, Mental Health Crises

Published 7:07 am Tuesday, September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA)  announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will grant Louisiana $21,654,633 in grants to combat the opioid and mental health crises. Specifically, the funding will enhance existing statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals with or at risk for opioid addiction. Additionally, the grant invests in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC’s), which provide access to quality mental health care to communities across Louisiana.

“Louisiana families are being torn apart by the opioid and mental health epidemic,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This funding provides access to quality care so that all Louisianans can receive the treatment they need regardless of income or zip code.”

The Louisiana State Office of Behavioral Health, the Acadiana Area Human Services District, the Capital Area Human Services District, the Tunica-Biloxi Indians of Louisiana, the New Orleans AIDS Task Force, Inc., and the Metropolitan Human Services District will all receive funding.

Grant Awarded Recipient Project Description
$17,457,546 Louisiana State Office of Behavioral Health This grant will provide federal funding to aid in preventing opioid addiction statewide.
$948,555 Acadiana Area Human Services District This grant will provide federal funding to expand access to mental health treatment  in the Acadiana region.
$999,250 Capital Area Human Services District This grant will provide federal funding to expand access to mental health treatment in the Capital region.
$250,000 Tunica-Biloxi Indians of Louisiana This grant will provide federal funding to aid in preventing opioid addiction.
$1,000,000 New Orleans AIDS Task Force, Inc. This grant will provide federal funding to expand access to mental health treatment in the New Orleans region.
$999,282 Metropolitan Human Services District This grant will provide federal funding to expand access to mental health treatment in the Metropolitan region.

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