HHS announces $6.2 million in new grants in Fairbanks focusing on opioid and mental health services

Today, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan announced three new grants to combat opioid addiction and improve access to mental health services for youth and young adults. The grants funding by HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) were awarded to Fairbanks Native Association and Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., are expected to total over $6.2 million over the next few years.

“Building on the strengths of tribal culture and customs, these grants to Fairbanks Native Association and Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., will reduce unmet treatment need and opioid related deaths in the greater Fairbanks community,” said Deputy Secretary Hargan. “In addition, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., was also awarded a grant to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults living with serious mental disorders.”

Over the next five years, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., is expected to receive just under $5 million for a Healthy Transitions Grant. The grant will be used to provide developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports to address serious mental disorders among youth and young adults16 – 25 years of age. The goal is maximize their potential to assume adult roles and responsibilities and lead full productive lives.

Both Tanana Chiefs Conference and Fairbanks Native Association were awarded a Tribal Opioid Response Grant. Over the next two years, Tanana Chiefs Conference is expected to receive just over $700,000 and Fairbanks Native Associations is expected to receive just over $500,000 to increase access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), for opioid use disorders.

“These three new grants are part of the $54 million in new investments SAMHSA plans to make in Alaska over the next several years to connect people with much needed prevention, treatment and recovery support services in their communities,” said Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.

The grants announced today are in addition to the more than $1 billion announced last week for opioid-specific grants for states to address the crisis affecting the country. To learn more about HHS’s recent actions to combat the opioid epidemic visit https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/09/19/hhs-awards-over-1-billion-combat-opioid-crisis.html.

This press release was produced by the HHS Press Office