A federal agency has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemic by boosting access to substance abuse treatment and mental health services.
The funding was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The agency said the funding will enable academic institutions and community health centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to treatment and mental health services.
The funding also will help organizations fight the opioid crisis in Indiana’s rural areas.
The new funding supports the Health and Human Services Department’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy. HHS is led by former Eli Lilly & Co. President Alex Azar.
The agency said that between 2016 and 2018 the number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction rose 142 percent nationwide at community health centers funded by the HRSA.