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State seeking proposals for opioid response grant

The Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration received a two-year State Opioid Response grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the ongoing statewide efforts to combat the opioid epidemic — and the BHA is now seeking proposals for recovery housing from local behavioral health authorities and local addiction authorities.

“The SOR grant is designed to address Maryland's opioid crisis by increasing access to evidence-based treatment, reducing unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery support services,” states a Jan. 16 media release.

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A total of $298,395 in state funding is available to expand recovery housing for young adults with an opioid use disorder (between ages 18 and 25), and $1,536,199 is available for adults and older adults with an opioid use disorder (older than age 26). The goal of BHA is to expand the number of credentialed recovery houses to support 160 adults and eight to 12 young adults.

The Carroll County Health Department’s Bureau of Prevention Wellness and Recovery is the county's local behavioral health authority, and is eligible to submit proposals for recovery residence services. Carroll County proposals must meet criteria set forth in the BHA’s solicitation and are due to the Carroll County Health Department by Jan. 26 for the grant period, Sept. 30, 2018 through Sept. 29, 2020.

The SOR request for proposals for recovery housing can be found at cchd.maryland.gov/2019/01/14/recovery-house-funding.The preferred method for submission is via email to Sue Doyle at sue.doyle@maryland.gov and Cathy Baker at cathy.baker@maryland.gov. Both should be included on the email. They are also available via email or by phone, 410-876-4449, to answer any questions prior to submitting a proposal.

Proposals may also be submitted in person at the Carroll County Health Department front desk at 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

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