Addressing Michigan’s
Opioid Crisis


The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis, averaging eight deaths a day in Michigan.

The Michigan Opioid Partnership, managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, is a public-private collaborative to decrease opioid overdose deaths through prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and sustained recovery, meeting individuals where they are in their journey.

Our Work

Michigan Hospitals Making Strides in Treating Opioid Overdoses

Emergency departments are critical access points for treating those with opioid use disorder, making hospitals vital partners in overcoming Michigan’s opioid public health crisis.

In collaboration with the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership led the Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (ED MOUD) initiative, which was designed to increase access to evidence-based ED MOUD throughout the state and support the transition to long-term office-based treatment upon discharge. From 2019 to 2023, participation in the ED MOUD initiative grew from six to 75 hospitals—representing approximately half of Michigan’s emergency departments and all ten prepaid inpatient health plan regions.


Michigan Opioid Partnership Receives Opioid Settlement Funds for ED MOUD


The State of Michigan will receive $776 million in Opioid Settlement Funds over 18 years. As part of this funding, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Michigan Opioid Partnership $1 million from the Opioid Settlement Funds. In 2024, we will utilize this funding to offer training and professional support for Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (ED MOUD) services and to increase access to this life-changing treatment and the continuum of care.

Settlement Funds

CFSEM Endowment for Municipalities to Extend Opioid Settlement Funds


The State of Michigan will direct half of its Opioid Settlement Fund to county and local governments. As municipalities consider local spending of the Opioid Settlement Funds, an endowment fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan would complement an immediate allocation of the funds to ensure a long-term investment in evidence-based programs and strategies to address this public health epidemic over time.


"Because of funding from the Michigan Opioid Partnership, we can surround (patients) in support. That wouldn’t be possible otherwise." Dr. Cara Poland, MD, MEd, FACP, DFASAM Spectrum Hospital

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Marissa Natzke