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This page will be frequently updated with information and resources helpful in the work to address the impact of opioids on Tennessee communities.  Please check back often for updates.

Opioid Abatement Community Funding

The Opioid Abatement Council is pleased to announce the 2024 Community Grant Awardees:

Link to List of Community Grant Awardees

On March 18, 2024, the Opioid Abatement Council approved 116 Grant Awards totaling $80,936,057.

  • The grant awards will fund 85 distinct organizations
  • There are 30 statewide programs
  • Funding Amounts by Remediation Strategy
    • Treatment – $32,775,972
    • Recovery Support – $18,970,500
    • Primary Prevention – $12,201,837
    • Education and Training – $8,173,701
    • Harm Reduction – $8,061,539
    • Research and Evaluation – $752,508
  • Capital project funding equals $5,715,633

The Opioid Abatement Council Office is working to develop the contracting, payment, and monitoring plans for the Community Grants.  The anticipated date for the first payment for the Community Grants is in July 2024.

News Release: March 21, 2024 – TENNESSEE’S OPIOID ABATEMENT COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF COMMUNITY GRANTS

2024 Community Grants FAQ
This document seeks to answer some of the frequent questions asked to the Opioid Abatement Council staff following the release of the first grant announcements.

First Year Application Breakdown

The images below illustrate trends in the first round of applications for Community Grant Funding.  You can click each of the images to enlarge. A total of 396 applications were submitted by Tennessee agencies in the fall of 2023.

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March 18, 2024 Opioid Abatement Council Meeting

The documents from the March 18, 2024 Council meeting are listed below.

Meeting Agenda
Presentation Slides
Community Grant Workbook

2025 Community Grants

The Opioid Abatement Council anticipates the Portal opening in the 3rd quarter of 2024 to receive proposals. Please watch this page and/or the upcoming Opioid Abatement Council meetings for updates on the award process.


Opioid Abatement County Funding 

News Release: February 24, 2023 – Tennessee’s Opioid Abatement Council Announces First Round of Direct Payments to County Governments

County Annual Payments

All 95 counties will receive at least one annual payment from the Opioid Abatement Trust Fund during Quarter 1 of each calendar year.  

How much funding did my county receive in 2023?  Tennessee Abatement Fund 2023 County Payment Amounts

How much funding is my county projected to receive over the next three years?  Tennessee Abatement Fund 2024-2026 Projections (Updated 2-2-24)

Tennessee Abatement Fund Initial County Allocation Percentages (This is the table referenced in the Tennessee State-Subdivision Opioid Abatement Agreement, Exhibit A, Section F.)

The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office released this document containing guidance for local governments in March 2023.

County Semiannual Reports

Reports showing how the Opioid Abatement Trust Funds were allocated and/or spent are due from each county by September 30 and March 30 of each year.  The first report is due September 30, 2023.  A fillable report form is emailed to each county at least 30 days prior to the due date. A copy of the report template is available at this link for informational purposes.  The report is based on the strategies found in Tennessee's Opioid Abatement & Remediation Uses list available at this link.  You may access a webinar reviewing the instructions for completing the report at this link.

When completing the semiannual report, please use this format from this list where activities are sorted by the six strategies:  Primary Prevention, Harm Reduction, Treatment, Recovery Support, Education & Training for Research, or Evaluation of Abatement Strategy Efficacy.

For questions about these payments, please email opioid.abatement@tn.gov

1st Semiannual Report (October 30, 2023)
This report published February 16, 2024 compiles the required responses from the counties as specified in the Letters of Agreement with the counties.  Read the report at this link.

The individual county reports published February 16, 2024 showing the required responses.  Read the report at this link

For information about possible community partnerships, please contact the organizations below or follow these links for more information:

TAADAS

Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services
Mary Linden Salter, executive Director
www.taadas.org
marylinden@taadas.org
615-780-5901

TAADAS is a statewide association of alcohol and drug abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery service professionals, and others who are interested in addiction issues. TAADAS keeps alcoholism, drug abuse, and other addiction issues in the forefront when public policy decisions are made and through the collective voice of its members.

 

TAMHO
Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations
Alysia Smith-Knight, Executive Director
www.tamho.org
asmithknight@tamho.org

The Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) is a statewide trade association representing Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and other non-profit corporations that provide behavioral health services. These organizations have historically met the needs of mentally ill and chemically dependent citizens of Tennessee from all age groups and socioeconomic levels. The TAMHO member organizations have been the virtual cornerstone of the community-based behavioral health system throughout the state since the 1950s and today serve as the primary provider network for the TennCare Program, Tennessee's Medicaid waiver program.

 

Licensed Facilities

https://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/licensing/find-a-licensed-facility-or-service.html

Find a Licensed Facility or Service (tn.gov)

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Office of Licensure can assist you in locating a licensed mental health and/or substance abuse provider in Tennessee.

 

Medication Assisted Treatment Provider Search

Medication Assisted Treatment (tn.gov)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to treatment of substance use disorders. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates. The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug.

 

Addiction Recovery Program (Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services)

ARP_Provider_Directory_FY23.pdf (tn.gov)

The Addiction Recovery Program (ARP) offers a variety of services to individuals with issues brought on by their substance abuse. A listing of state funded treatment providers along with contact information and a listing of the services they provide are located via the link.


Resources and Reports

Approved Remediation List

State Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Annual Report
This report published September 30, 2023 details the activities of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council during the 2022-2023 state fiscal year.  Read the report at this link.

State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Annual Report
This report published September 30, 2022 details the activities of the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council during the 2021-2022 state fiscal year.  Read the report at this link.

Tennessee Attorney General Opioid Settlement Information Page

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