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.
The collaborative will distribute a combined $2.6 million in grants to focus efforts on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in emergency rooms, the first medical point of contact for patients before transitioning to treatment. Providing medication during emergency room visits and in hospital inpatient departments has proven to curb deaths in the limited number of communities where it is practiced.
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
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 will be able apply 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. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2019.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an opioid addiction, visit Michigan.gov/opioids.