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By Erin Smith

NC Governor Roy Cooper announced that 12 community partners were recently awarded grants totaling $1.5 million to help them provide access to harm reduction, treatment and recovery support. 

The grants are one-time grant of up to $150,000 each and are available through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

Those receiving awards are as follows:

*Appalachian District Health Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office (Serving Watauga, Ashe, and Allegheny counties)

*Appalachian Mountain Community Health Center (Serving Jackson, Graham, and Buncombe counties)

*Bakersville Community Medical Clinic, Inc. (Serving Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and McDowell counties)

*C. W. Williams Community Health Center (Serving Mecklenburg, Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, and Union counties)

*Fayetteville Area Health Education Foundation, Inc. /Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (Serving Cumberland, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrell, Washington, and Wayne counties)

*Haywood Pathways Center (Serving Haywood County)

*Johnston County Public Health Department (Serving Johnston County)

*Lumbee Tribe of NC (Serving Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke, and Scotland counties)

*Metropolitan County Health Services, Inc. (Serving Martin and Beaufort counties)

*Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County/ Cabarrus Health Alliance (Serving Cabarrus, *Rowan, and Mecklenburg counties)

*Scotland County Health Department (Serving Scotland County)

*Wayne County Health Department (Serving Wayne County)

According to reports, applications were submitted for 99 projects serving all 100 counties. Projects which were selected for funding involved certified peer support, law enforcement assisted jail diversion programs, establishing post overdose reversal response teams, creating and/or expanding syringe exchange programs, and more training regarding substance misuse disorders and medication assisted treatment.

All of these grant funded projects further the goals of the NC Opioid Action Plan which was adopted in 2016, according to Gov. Cooper.