Lt. Governor Announces New Grant Funds for Fight Against Heroin and Opioids

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford has announced $608,832 in new grant funds to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic.

As reported in an Administration press release, the grant funds are from the federal Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (BJAG) program and will be administered by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).  The grants will be used for programs that identify and apprehend drug dealers; help Maryland families battling substance abuse; and provide Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs and other re-entry programs to inmates at local detention centers.

The press release included a breakdown of the grant funding to new programs in nine counties:

 Jurisdiction Agency Project Description Award Amount
 Allegany  Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office  Prosecution Partnership Targeting Priority Offenders in Cumberland and Allegany County  $55,532
 Baltimore City  The Family Recovery Program, Inc.  Partners in Recovery Together (PIRT) provides Peer Recovery Advocates to work with clients in substance abuse programs.  $100,000
 Carroll  Hampstead Police Department  Mobile License Plate Reader Technology uses LPR to identify criminal activity including illegal drug activity.  $18,150
 Charles  The Center for Children, Inc.  The Adolescent Substance Use Integration Initiative funds a new DHMH-licensed treatment program in Southern Maryland.  $69,000
 Charles  Charles County Circuit Court  The Family Recovery Court program supports families that need services because of parental substance abuse. Funds support Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) as well as short- and long-term residential treatment.  $98,554
 Howard  Howard County Dept. of Corrections  Targeted Reentry Services funds programs that include MAT support services, mediation, and a Strengthening Families Program. $49,706
 Montgomery  Montgomery County Police Department  Heroin Overdose Prevention Program funds heroin paraphernalia education and funds for criminal investigations & forensic analysis.  $35,000
 St. Mary’s  St. Mary’s County Government  Project Kicking the Habit is a pilot MAT Re-entry program for county detention center inmates.  $52,000
 Somerset  Somerset County Local Management Board  The Collaborative Anti-Gang Enforcement & Strategies program will use funds to purchase equipment including cameras and a radar unit, and provide gang investigation training.  $130,890
Total   $608,832

For more information read the full press release.