State Opioid Response (SOR II)
A Transforming Approach to Opioid Prevention:
Developing Systemic Change in Schools
District - Invitation to Apply for Technical Assistance


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) was awarded the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2021 State Opioid Response (SOR) grant. This grant “aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorders (OUD).” The CT SOR initiatives are intended to supplement current activities pertaining to opioid misuse undertaken by DMHAS through its previously awarded SAMHSA State Targeted Response (STR) grant as well as utilize recommendations from the CT Opioid Response (CORE) Plan, the CT Alcohol and Drug Policy (ADPC), and feedback from a number of consumers, providers and other stakeholders. One such recommendation is bringing awareness of the dangers of opioid use directly into the classroom for students in grades K-12. This grant is a collaborative effort between DMHAS and the State Education Resource Center (SERC).


The State Education Resource Center is offering a two-year opportunity for Districts/Schools to implement an action plan for Opioid and Substance Misuse Prevention. Coaching and Technical Assistance (TA) will be offered to support implementation of an action plan using the Guiding Curriculum and Tools as a follow-up to completion of the Online Course (Universal Opioid and Other Substance Misuse Prevention Planning: Resources for K-12 Educators and Planners).
Selected districts will be eligible for a stipend of $9,000.00 in year one and $2,500.00 year two, to support implementation of action-planning and associated costs. (Selection Date June 2021) .


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