DHS hopes to combat meth addictions with recently awarded grants

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MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is hoping to combat opioid and meth abdications with recently award grants.

DHS intends to contract with Family Health La Clinica of Wautoma, as well as a partnership of the health and human services departments in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties, to provide treatment for opioid addiction in Adams, Dodge, Juneau, Manitowoc, and Marquette counties. Contracts are also pending with the Family Health Center of Marshfield and NorthLakes Community Clinic of Iron River to provide treatment for opioid and methamphetamine addictions in Barron, Burnett, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, and Sawyer counties.

“DHS is committed to expanding access to addiction treatment and recovery services,” said Paul Krupski, DHS Director of Opioid Initiatives. “These regions have the greatest need for the programs based on the number of people affected by opioids and methamphetamine in these counties, and the distance residents must travel for help.”

This service expansion is funded through the federal State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded to DHS in May 2017 and state funding made available in July 2017 under the Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda. DHS has allocated $1,341,333 million of the $7,636,938 million federal grant to support opioid treatment services in high-need areas. The federal grant dollars are available through April 30, 2018. Wisconsin is expected to receive a second year of federal grant funding in the spring. Year two funding for this project will be based on successful launching of the program and progress spending year one funds. Up to $666,667 is available annually under the HOPE Agenda to support methamphetamine treatment services.