WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced $775,294 in federal funding to the University of North Dakota (UND) to improve the methods of addiction treatment and recovery through a new program at the university.
“Tackling mental health and addiction challenges across North Dakota will require the work of all involved to find innovative ways to identify, treat, and support individuals suffering from addiction,” said Heitkamp. “Most of us know at least one person who suffers from addiction and many times it stems from mental health issues that have gone untreated. By making sure we address mental health in a proactive manner we can help prevent addiction before it starts. The federal funds announced today will support UND’s new Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center, a new regional focus on an existing substance abuse program, find and implement new strategies to treat addiction and help folks on the road to recovery.”
In March, Heitkamp convened local leaders in Minot to discuss challenges the Minot community is facing in dealing with a major increase in opioid addiction and abuse, as well as announce the bill she helped reintroduce to help make sure communities are equipped with the resources and tools they need to fight the growing crisis. This discussion was the fifth in a series of listening sessions Heitkamp has been hosting across the state that also included Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Jamestown.
These federal funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center of for Substance Abuse Treatment’s grant program for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.