Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
Ohio officials spent $19 million, or about 7%3, of the money Ohio received last year as part of the two-year, nearly $1 billion 21st Century Cures Act grant program, according to an analysis of states’ spending by The Associated Press (Source: “Bucking Trend, Ohio Moved Fast to use Federal Opioid Money,” The Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal, October 21, 2018).
In Ohio, the state’s Mental Health and Addiction Services agency says the state used Cures Act dollars to fill gaps in the state’s response to the opioid crisis not covered by Medicaid eligibility expansion.
In total, $479,074,220 was allocated to 55 states and territories (including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Palau, Northern Marianas, and American Samoa) to spend over the first year of the grant, The Associated Press review found. Ohio received $26 million for each of the two years of the grant program.