Mesa County is seeking proposals for programs that address recovery, treatment, and prevention and education efforts.
The opioid epidemic has devastated individuals, families, and communities throughout Colorado. Over 5,000 deaths due to opioid overdoses were reported in the past 10 years in the state, yet only a third of the needed drug treatment capacity is in place to address the problem — Mesa County has not been spared. Mesa County Public Health reported 63 opioid-related deaths between 2016 and 2018. Seventy percent of overdose deaths involve an opioid, and the majority of the opioids involved in overdose deaths are prescription medications.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and the Colorado Department of Law have announced a historic settlement with major drug manufacturers that resulted in $400 million in opioid settlement dollars for the state. Mesa County will start receiving a portion of the Opioid Crisis Recovery Funds later this year.
The Mesa County Regional Opioid Governance Board has determined to focus on recovery, treatment, and prevention and education efforts and is seeking proposals for settlement fund grants. Proposals will be partially evaluated on the potential impact on the region’s goals and objectives, on the organization’s plan to support the region’s diverse needs, feasibility, and outcomes and evaluation. United Way of Mesa County will be acting as the grant administrator for these funds.
Organizations interested in applying for Opioid Crisis Recovery Funds through Mesa County may find the application at https://uwmesacountygrants.grantplatform.com.
Questions may be directed to Keira Clark with United Way of Mesa County at 970-243-5364 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on July 11, 2022.