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Sep 5, 2019

Continuing Fight to Curb Opioid Epidemic, Tester Announces Nearly $2.5 Million to Combat Public Health Crisis

Funds will help state track overdose data, provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services

U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will receive nearly $2.5 million in Department of Health and Human Services funds to combat opioid misuse.

The $2,410,752 State Opioid Response grant will help DPHHS address the growing incidence of substance misuse by more quickly and accurately tracking overdose data and providing flexible funding to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services. This additional federal investment will ensure that DPHHS can best meet the needs of Montanans struggling with opioid misuse.

“The opioid crisis is a public health emergency that is hurting families across Montana,” said Tester. “These funds will help the DPHHS folks on the front lines continue their fight to combat substance misuse, especially in rural areas, and keep Montanans healthy and safe.”

The State Opioid Response grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provide funding to state governments to support prevention, treatment, and recovery. This program is especially focused on providing evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment.

Tester has relentlessly pushed for more resources to address the opioid crisis. He secured $10 million to fight the epidemic in this spring’s government funding deal, and has introduced legislation to combat misuse of drugs on college campuses. Tester also delivered $1.5 billion to help states treat substance misuse and addiction by reauthorizing the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Grant Program and he has cracked down on drug trafficking by securing millions for programs like the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grants, the Drug Free Communities program, and Drug Courts.

Read more about Tester’s efforts to combat substance misuse HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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