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State announces boost to substance abuse care funding

August 13, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving a $10 million grant that will be used to increase access to care for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Gov. Dannel Malloy says Monday the funding will also be used to address the opioid crisis by improving access to medication-assisted treatment.

Malloy, a Democrat, says the grant will be used to serve over 2,000 individuals.

It will pair physical health providers with mental health and substance use providers in Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury. These areas have been identified as areas with high rates of patients who have high Medicaid expenses and behavioral health diagnoses.

The grant is through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and will be proctored by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.