The STR grant is a formula grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aimed to address the opioid crisis by:

  • expanding access to treatment,
  • reducing unmet treatment need, and
  • reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the full continuum of SUD services (prevention, treatment, recovery).

Colorado was awarded about $15 million over two years – starting May 2017. The Office of Behavioral Health is the Administrator of the grant and have several priority activities that are funded by the grant; 5 of which are going through the MSO system. Those are:

  • Expanded access to MAT
  • Residential treatment for homeless clients with the expectation to start MAT
  • Support and implementation of CRAFT or Celebrating Families – family support services
  • Hiring Peer Recovery Navigators for MAT engagement
  • Purchase and distribution of naloxone kits

Signal is working with providers in all three regions (SSPA 1, 2, and 4) to implement these activities.

We will update this post periodically, so stay tuned for STR Grant updates!