Louisiana will receive 24 million dollars to fight the opioid epidemic.
“This is going to allow the state of Louisiana the opportunity to expand and enhance services for those individuals with opioid us disorders,” said director of clinical operations, Quinetta Womack.
We’re told these funds were provided by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“There’s approximately 11 million dollars that we claim to expend and allocate state wide for enhancing access to medication assisted treatment, and to expand capacity of the substance abuse services across the state,” Womack said.
Another 8 million dollars will improve Louisiana’s 32 community health centers for those with abuse disorders and mental health conditions. The final 3 million will improve research.
“CDC also awarded the state additional funding for data collection and surveillance, what we want to do is enhance the quality of surveillance that we have in the state of Louisiana,” said Womack.
The report will hopefully identify communities with drug hot spots and help form an innovative plan to reduce abuse in those areas.
“Our goal is to address the full continuum of care, we provide intervention, prevention, treatment services and recovery support services, so within each governing entity across the state and individual can present for care,” Womack said.
Individuals seeking treatment will be assessed and treated accordingly.
The grant allows the state to provide services to those without insurance for free. The Louisiana Department of Health encourages individuals to seek help.
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