General Brnovich Announces More Than $2 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Arizona Counties

PHOENIX –  Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has awarded $2,237,085 in grant funding to organizations that serve people in rural Arizona counties.  The money will be used to combat the effects of the opioid crisis. 

"Our office has been leading and is continuing to hold accountable manufacturers, marketers, and distributors who have contributed to the opioid crisis," said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. "We are now investing settlement funds to reduce the financial impact to Arizona taxpayers and assist people recovering from addiction and resuming their lives as healthy and productive members of society."

Organizations in rural counties awarded grant funding include:

  • Alay Psychiatry - $249,980 – Gila County
  • Apache Youth Council - $95,840  – Apache County
  • Casa Grande Alliance - $250,000 Pinal County
  • Chicanos Por La Causa - $225,522  – Yuma County
  • EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center - $125,036 – Gila County
  • Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition - $250,000 – Graham County
  • notMYkid - $250,000 – Mohave County
  • Parents of Addicted Loved Ones - $64,502  – All Rural Counties
  • Short Creek Dream Center - $247,104 – Mohave County
  • True Pursuit - $229,100  – Coconino & Mohave Counties
  • Hushabye Nursery - $250,000  – Coconino & Mohave Counties

"We are appreciative and excited to accept the Abatement Grant from the Arizona Attorney's General's Office," said Kathy Grimes, Director of the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition. "Living in a rural community and attempting to locate resources for community members or loved ones who are suffering from opioid addictions can be a challenge, if not impossible. This funding will allow us to provide resources and programs to assist individuals seeking recovery while also providing needed resources to further enhance individuals who are active in their recovery."

The grant money will support more than 100,000 people and help with diagnosis, treatment, and educational needs related to Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

"Being a recipient of the Opioid Abatement Funding by the Arizona Attorney General's Office is crucial in Apache County Youth Council's efforts to reduce the heartache of addiction and loss through our prevention and education efforts," said Shannon Latham with the Apache County Youth Council. "Apache County Youth Council is proud and grateful to receive this funding and will work hard to address the opioid crisis in Apache County. Through education, online resources, and distributing lifesaving naloxone, we will advocate for the health and wellness of our community members."

The money will help infants born with OUD, medically-underserved communities, grade school children, parents of opioid-addicted children, pregnant women and mothers, adults with mental health-related needs, homeless individuals, and survivors of human trafficking with OUD.

“These funds are vital to reaching pregnant women in Mohave and Coconino counties who are struggling with opiate use disorder and substance use disorder,” shared Tara Sundem, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hushabye Nursery. “Hushabye Nursery will provide intensive, trauma-informed services prenatally and postpartum to families toward realizing their recovery, as well as better health outcomes for their babies born withdrawing from the opioids they were exposed to in the womb (NAS/NOWS).”

The grant funding comes as a result of the “One Arizona Plan," an AGO-led settlement with four pharmaceutical companies for their roles in the opioid crisis.