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Opioid settlement oversight commission announces statewide investment plan

The statewide investment plan outlines abatement strategies that are eligible to receive funds through direct supplemental appropriations from the Alabama Legislature.

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The Oversight Commission on Alabama Opioid Settlement Funds announced Tuesday its statewide investment plan.

The Commission, chaired by Representative Rex Reynolds, R-Huntsville, and Senator Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, held four public hearings after the 2023 Regular Session and in the 2024 Regular Session, hearing from 44 agencies and associations that provide services related to prevention, treatment and recovery of those suffering from opioid addictions in Alabama.

Following the announcement, Rep. Reynolds filed HB479, the $30 million supplemental appropriation funding the statewide investment plan.

“The opioid epidemic’s devasting impact on our state becomes more and more visible with every day that passes, and it’s our responsibility as lawmakers to do all that we can to fight this deadly disease,” said Rep. Reynolds. “Alabama’s allocation of opioid settlement dollars presents an opportunity to fight addiction, provide additional recovery resources and save lives. I commend the members of the commission for working diligently to develop a coordinated plan that I have no doubt will have a positive, long-lasting impact on our state.”

The statewide investment plan outlines abatement strategies that are eligible to receive funds through direct supplemental appropriations from the Alabama Legislature and through grant processes within, but not limited to, the Department of Mental Health, Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health.

“The committee worked with numerous stakeholders to identify areas of need and develop strategies to address them,” said State Sen. Garlan Gudger. “From education initiatives aimed at preventing addiction to increasing access to rehabilitative services, the committee’s investment plan will ensure Alabama gets the absolute most out of its settlement dollars.”

Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Kim Boswell lauded the work of the committee and reiterated the importance of connecting those in crisis with effective treatment. 

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“The Opioid Settlement Fund Oversight Commission has lived up to its commitment to distributing settlement dollars in impactful ways,” said Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Kimberly Boswell. “The plan prioritizes prevention, treatment and recovery efforts, so more Alabamians can access essential, life-savings services. That being said, if you or your loved one needs immediate assistance, call or text 988 – Alabama’s access point to mental health and substance use services.”

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