U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that Kentucky will receive $31.47 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program. This program was created by the21st Century Cures (CURES) Act that Senator McConnell shepherded through Congress in 2016.
Earlier this year, Congress approved $4.6 billion to continue combating this pressing crisis, which included $1 billion for the State Opioid Response Grant Program. During funding negotiations, Senator McConnell ensured funding would be focused on states with the highest mortality rate related to opioid use disorders, like Kentucky.
“I applaud the Trump Administration for its work to help fight the opioid addiction that is plaguing the Commonwealth and our nation. The funding provided to Kentucky under this grant program is welcome news and will be put to good use in helping to fight the opioid epidemic,” Senator McConnell said. “The CURES Act, that I helped shepherd through the Senate in 2016, is bolstering medical innovation by promoting critical investments in research and treatment development. It also is putting patients first and strengthening the kind of research and treatments needed to cure the most devastating diseases.”
Last night, Senator McConnell also announced that community health centers across Kentucky would receive nearly $5.6 million from HHS. The funding will support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy nationwide.