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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Justice Department Awards More Than $333 Million To Fight Opioid Crisis

More Than $12.5 Million Will Support Efforts to Combat Drugs and Crime in the District of Minnesota

The Justice Department announced awards of more than $333 million to help communities affected by the opioid crisis. More than $12.5 million will help public safety and public health professionals in the District of Minnesota combat substance abuse and respond effectively to overdoses. Funds were awarded by the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

“The opioid crisis has destroyed far too many lives and left too many Americans feeling helpless and hopeless,” said Principle Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan for the Office of Justice Programs. “This epidemic—the most deadly in our nation’s history—is introducing new dangers and loading public health responsibilities onto the public safety duties of our law enforcement officers. The Department of Justice is here to support them during this unprecedented and extremely challenging time.”

United States Attorney Erica MacDonald said, “Everyday, families and communities are torn apart because of the opioid crisis. This funding will directly support communities throughout Minnesota that are working to combat the crisis and heal from its devastating impact.”

Awards will support an array of activities designed to reduce the harm inflicted by these dangerous drugs. Grants will help law enforcement officers, emergency responders and treatment professionals coordinate their response to overdoses. Funds will also provide services for children and youth affected by the crisis and will support the nationwide network of drug and treatment courts. Other awards will address prescription drug abuse, expand the capacity of forensic labs and support opioid-related research.

The following awards were made to organizations in the District of Minnesota:

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program: Category 1

Awardee:

Amount Awarded:

City of Minneapolis

$894,346

City of Duluth

$897,596

County of Itasca

$600,000

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program: Category 2

Awardee:

Amount Awarded:

Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

$6,449,990

Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

Awardee:

Amount Awarded:

Native American Community Clinic

$750,000

Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Courts Discretionary Grant Program: Category 1

Awardee:

Amount Awarded:

Carver County

$500,000

Judiciary Courts of the State of Minnesota

(Beltrami County Drug Court)

$499,979

Judiciary Courts of the State of  Minnesota

(Mille Lacs County Drug Treatment Court)

$500,000

Judiciary Courts of the State of Minnesota

(Third Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court)

$500,000

Scott County

$500,000

Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Courts Discretionary Grant Program: Category 2

Awardee:

Amount Awarded:

Anoka County Court Administration

$499,996

 

Information about these programs and awards is available here. For more information about the Office of Justice Programs awards, visit the OJP Awards Data webpage. The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training and technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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Updated December 18, 2019