A three-year Overdose Data to Action grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will pump $58.8 million of new funding into prevention and treatment initiatives led by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and local stakeholders.
The grant was awarded to DOH and the county health departments in Broward, Duval and Palm Beach counties.
Wednesday's announcement comes as part of DeSantis' Hope for Healing Florida initiative – a multi-agency mental health and substance abuse campaign to coordinate the combined efforts and resources of DCF, DOH, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Department of Education to better serve the needs of Floridians struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
“Florida has made a lot of progress in addressing the crisis of opioid abuse,” said DeSantis. “That is because our Governor has made it a priority and because so many dedicated health and substance abuse professionals are committed to finding meaningful ways to help those fighting the tragic consequences of this deadly drug. Today we are forging new paths to use all that research and data to improve coordination and delivery of services to make a real difference in people’s lives – to save lives.”
The grant will also provide for staffing, including five Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellows, and funding for travel to collect and analyze data needed to target prevention and response efforts.
“With the help of our federal partners at CDC, we have taken another major step in combatting the opioid crisis by investing resources at the state and local level to help save lives,” said Nuñez. “This grant funding will greatly enhance our ability to track, monitor and respond to the opioid crisis plaguing our state, and I applaud the efforts of First Lady Casey DeSantis and Governor Ron DeSantis to shine a light on this issue. We will continue to work to find new and effective prevention and treatment methods for Florida families to recover.”