Michigan Opioid Partnership


A public-private collaborative including the state of Michigan and key nonprofit funders, the Michigan Opioid Partnership’s mission is to decrease Michigan opioid overdoses and deaths through prevention, treatment, harm reduction and sustained recovery.

As opioid addiction rates rise to unprecedented levels in the state and around the country, a new public-private collaborative including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and key funders has formed with the goal of decreasing opioid overdoses and deaths. The Michigan Opioid Partnership will address the growing opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment, harm reduction and sustained recovery.

Two hospital systems across the state have received grants to pilot projects designed to help change the culture in hospitals and emergency rooms to better combat the opioid epidemic. Beaumont Hospital in southeast Michigan and Munson Medical Center in Northern Lower Michigan have been selected to receive funds for pilot projects that utilize medication-assisted treatment in partnership with outpatient treatment providers. The grants total over $1.3 million. Additional hospital grants are expected to be announced in the coming months.

The Michigan Opioid Partnership includes:
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan Health Endowment Fund
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Ethel and James Flinn Foundation
  • The Jewish Fund
  • Superior Health Foundation
  • The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Additionally, $1.5 million has been committed to expanding medication-assisted treatment and enhance identification of substance use disorders at jail intake. Wayne State University, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice will receive a grant to coordinate the effort.  County jails will also be selected for funding, to work in partnership with the WSU team to serve inmates with addiction.

The Michigan Opioid Partnership includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, the Superior Health Foundation, The Jewish Fund and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

In 2017, drug overdoses killed nearly 2,700 people in Michigan, with 1,901 of those deaths attributed to opioids, according to the latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services statistics. According to a Centers for Disease Control report, overall drug overdose deaths in Michigan exceeded traffic and gun deaths combined in 2017, a figure that is likely underreported by about 8 percent in Michigan, as some deaths are still pending investigation, according to the report.

Eligible hospitals from targeted counties across the state applied for funding beginning in early February. Grants will be distributed to hospitals working with partners to address a wide range of factors fueling the drug epidemic. The funding will pay for planning, training and/or coordination of treatment.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an opioid addiction, visit Michigan.gov/opioids.

How to submit a grant application

Grant Guidelines and Application

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Sarah Wedepohl

Senior Program Officer