Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is awarding up to $500,000 in grants to assist organizations fighting the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder by increasing access to life-saving services.
The substance use disorder grants will be awarded to Arizona nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and government entities that are seeking resources to further their work related to prevention, treatment, resilience, and recovery for substance use disorder.
BCBS of Arizona has awarded $3.4 million in substance use disorder grants since 2017 through its Mobilize AZ program, and a Glendale nonprofit is among the past recipients.
Maggie’s Place, a nonprofit that provides housing, healthcare services and life-changing programs for pregnant women, mothers and children has a location, called The Michael House, in Glendale. Other Valley locations include Tempe, Phoenix and Mesa.
More than 61% of the mothers Maggie’s Place serves report opioid misuse, and the grant helped fund a ‘Seeking Safety’ curriculum that uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to teach healthy coping strategies for people recovering from substance use disorder and trauma.
Organizations may request up to $100,000 for projects that are addressing substance use disorder and at least one of three complicating factors: COVID-19, social determinants of health, and/or co-occurring mental health conditions. Selected projects will be funded for a 12-month term, beginning April 1.
“There is no better investment we can make than solving Arizona’s most critical health issues,” BCBS of Arizona president and CEO Pam Kehaly stated in a news release. “Our organization is committed to addressing the rise in substance use disorder in Arizona; something that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. By supporting the organizations that are doing important work in this field, we can amplify the impact and make real change for families and communities.”
Nonprofits helping to manage substance use disorder can apply for grant funding online through 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 here.
For more information on The Michael House in Glendale, call 623-842-1000 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.