July 02, 2019
On June 25, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for state Medicaid agencies to apply for planning grants to address the opioid crisis. The funding was authorized by the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act and is a critical step to increasing accessibility to evidence-based treatment and care for opioid use disorders. Both CMS and the SUPPORT Act focus on prevention, treatment and data as key components to reducing the opioid epidemic.
State Medicaid agencies must submit 18-month planning proposals by August 9. CMS will select 10 states to plan a 36-month demonstration project aimed at addressing multiple aspects of the opioid epidemic. The initial planning grants will be used to expand the capacity of Medicaid providers who offer substance use disorder treatment within the state and to improve reimbursement. CMS emphasized the importance of state-level innovation in combating the opioid crisis.