The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) recently awarded $8.5 million in opioid settlement funds across the state.

According to ADMH, 33 out of 52 requests for opioid settlement funding were awarded. The $8.5 million comes from the state’s first allocation of settlement funds from litigation settlements with pharmaceutical companies. 

The largest total at $730,091.75 went to the Alabama Alliance of Boys & Girls to 13 Boys & Girls Clubs for “mental health and trauma-informed care utilizing identified evidence-based practice and substance use prevention curriculum for youth.”

The second-largest total at $600,000 went to Altapointe Health Systems to provide rapid detox services and expand medication-assisted treatment under the current crisis care model of care. About 1,750 people will receive services.

The full list of opioid settlement awards made recently are below:

ADMH Opioid RFP Awardees 02-24 by Caleb Taylor on Scribd

The U.S. opioid crisis has been especially severe in Alabama. A report conducted between November 21, 2021, and November 20, 2022, named Alabama the state with the seventh-highest non-fatal opioid overdose rate in the country.

The state will bring in nearly $600 million over several years, split between state, city and county governments.

Members of the Oversight Commission on Opioid Settlement Funds are currently meeting to decide how to allocate the remaining available opioid settlement funds. 

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