Today, Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) is making $5 million available to state agencies, local governments, and community-based organizations to support programs and initiatives addressing the opioid crisis.
The OOCC’s Competitive Grant Program scores applicants based on whether they address the greatest needs around the state and help meet the goals outlined in the agency’s Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan. Applicants have until Friday, May 27, 2022, at 5 p.m. to apply.
The OOCC announced the funding opportunity at its 2022 Virtual Substance Use Disorder Best Practices Conference on April 21, 2022. The conference brought together representatives from state, local, and private organizations to discuss their successes and lessons learned from their efforts to implement opioid-related programs and services across the state. At the Conference, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford emphasized the need for a collaborative approach to tackling opioids in a press release:
“Preventing overdose deaths and increasing support for individuals living with substance use disorder has been our administration’s priority since day one,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “The opioid crisis is a dynamic and multi-faceted challenge, and it is going to take all of us working together and sharing our experience and expertise to keep making progress.”
Additional information about the Competitive Grant Program and instructions on how to apply can be found on the OOCC’s website under the “Grants” tab.