Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden highlights $17 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

September 20, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden highlights $17 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) is highlighting new resources to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon. As part of newly released grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Oregon will receive more than $17 million to increase access to a wide range of opioid abuse and addiction treatment services across the state, specifically targeted to rural areas.

“The opioid crisis has hit every community in Oregon and touched millions of families across the country – it truly is the crisis next door. Combating this epidemic requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and I applaud the President for taking another important step forward in this fight,” said Walden. “These resources will provide critical support to those on the front lines of this fight in Oregon, including the providers at community health centers across our district. This bolsters our efforts in the House to tackle the opioid crisis from all angles with the passage of my legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. I am continuing to work with my counterparts in the Senate to get a final package to combat the opioid crisis across the finish line and to the President’s desk in the coming weeks.”

The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded more than $1 billion in opioid-related grants to help combat the opioid epidemic. These grants were awarded in all 50 states.

Included in this grant funding is $396 million for community health centers and rural health programs through HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Oregon will receive $6.7 million in funding through HRSA, including $2.2 million for Oregon’s Second District.

Representative Walden led the effort in Congress to increase and extend funding for community health centers for two years. Walden also continues to lead the Congressional response to the nationwide opioid crisis.

Representative Walden’s legislation – the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) – passed the House in June by a bipartisan vote of 396-14. This is the largest legislative effort to combat a single drug crisis in history.

Representative Walden applauded the passage of a Senate opioid package earlier this week, calling that action “an important step forward in our collective fight to end this epidemic that takes 115 American lives each and every day.” Walden says lawmakers hope to have a final package ready for consideration next week.

To learn more about this new round of grant funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, please click here. To read more about Representative Walden’s work to combat the opioid crisis, please click here.