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Texas Launches Naloxone Distribution Grant To Combat State’s Opioid Crisis

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Opioid Abatement Fund Council’s (OAFC or the Council) Naloxone Distribution Grant Opportunity is open for applications.

The grant opportunity invites eligible Texas governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and business entities to apply to implement a statewide program that will distribute the opioid reversal medication naloxone where it is needed most. This vital initiative allocates up to $25 million for naloxone distribution, training, and targeted interventions.

“Reflecting our firm commitment to saving lives and safeguarding Texas communities, this critical initiative marks a significant step forward in the Council’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid crisis affecting the state,” Hegar said. “With dangerous fentanyl continuing to stream across our southern border and Texas continuing to struggle with the federal government’s failures, our state government must do everything we can to protect Texans. Naloxone is a key tool in that fight.”

Applications for this grant will be accepted through the OAFC’s grant management system until May 7. Eligible entities are encouraged to submit comprehensive proposals and budgets. The selection process, including evaluation by an independent peer review panel, involves a thorough assessment of criteria such as experience, timeline feasibility, cost-efficiency, and operational capacity. A grant will be awarded to one applicant to implement the program statewide, and applicants may use qualified subcontractors or subgrantees to help implement the program regionally.

“Our goal is to ensure these resources get into the hands of people who need them the most, but we must also ensure these expenditures are made in an informed and accountable manner,” Hegar said. “Our agency and this Council are dedicated to transparency and accountability throughout the life cycle of the grant program.”

Thirteen appointed experts and the Texas Comptroller, a non-voting presiding officer, guide the OAFC. The Council is responsible for allocating settlement agreement funds acquired through litigation against pharmaceutical companies and other liable actors to address the opioid crisis while ensuring efficiency and fairness directly.

Go to the Comptroller’s website (PDF) for more information on the Naloxone Distribution Grant Opportunity.