EAST PROVIDENCE, RI—January 18, 2018—The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the award of a $12 million grant each year for two years to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatrists Psychiatry (AAAP) and a coalition of 22 national healthcare organizations to confront the opioid crisis.

Under the grant, AAAP will lead the coalition of national professional organizations on the front lines of the opioid crisis in a state-based effort to expand the availability of treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) by providing training, educational resources and clinical mentoring for healthcare providers and community health centers across the country.

“As the opioid epidemic ravages families nationwide, it is vitally important to recognize that opioid use disorder is preventable and treatable,” said Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, president of AAAP. “With this grant, we will build on our current efforts and expand evidence-based practices to support community health centers and other healthcare providers. They are helping to prevent opioid use disorder and any substance use disorder, and they are guiding patients through treatment and recovery.

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