WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $1,000,000 in federal funding to five organizations in central Illinois to help support treatment for and prevention of substance and opioid use disorder in rural counties on Thursday.

The following projects will receive funding:

  • Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine: $200,000
  • Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services: $200,000
  • Chestnut Health Systems, Inc.: $200,000
  • St. Francis Hospital: $200,000
  • County of Macoupin: $200,000

“The opioid epidemic has taken far too many lives, and resolving this crisis requires a comprehensive effort from officials at every level of government and from local organizations,” Duckworth said. “Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities, and I will continue working with Sen. Durbin to ensure those treating and preventing opioid addiction have the resources they need to serve their communities”

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.

“Every zip code in Illinois and across the nation has felt the effects of the opioid epidemic. This funding will help Central Illinois communities tackle the crisis by increasing resources to respond to and treat opioid overdose and addiction,” Durbin said. “Sen. Duckworth and I will continue fighting for these federal investments to expand treatment and prevention services.”

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program supports treatment for and prevention of substance and opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use.