State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR)

  • Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Award: $8,167,971/year for 1 year (up to 2 years if approved)
  • Project Period: 05/01/2017 – 04/30/2019
  • Targeted Areas: Statewide


The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) applied for the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR) to enhance existing statewide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services offered for individuals experiencing or at risk for opioid use disorder (OUD). Through this grant, OBH will:

  • Prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse through a media campaign, provider training, and Naloxone education and distribution to target populations.
  • Ensure the local Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP), the Local Governing Entities (LGEs) and other behavioral health provider networks are able to provide access to evidence-based treatments, particularly Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and education and training on non-opioid alternatives.
  • Work with the Department of Corrections to provide treatment services for offenders participating in re-entry-programs at two designated facilities.
  • Increase recovery support services for OUD clients by making sure LGEs have staff to serve as Behavioral Health Recovery Support Specialists to help OUD clients access local resources and services in their community.

Contacts:  Janice Petersen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator; Megan D. Fontenot, Project Director 


OBH received the award notification on April 22, 2017 and has been working diligently to ensure contracts with providers are in place so that services may begin. 

The Secretary of LDH has commissioned an Interagency Steering Committee to address initiatives within LDH related to the Opioid epidemic. Contact Lauren Athota‎, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary, at for information on the committee.


OPIOIDS: The Problem and Challenge in Louisiana