Drug and Opioid Abuse Program

The Aim Drug and Opioid Abuse Grant Program is a micro-grant program and prescription drug disposal program to assist Hoosier municipalities in executing strategies aimed at stemming addiction and abuse in their communities.

How did Aim get funding for the grant program?
Aim received a $50,000 grant from Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI).

What is RALI?
RALI Indiana is an alliance of local, state and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis in Indiana. Partners of the coalition include:

  • Accelerate Indiana Municipalities
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
  • Drug Free Marion County
  • The National Grange
  • Indiana Chamber
  • Indiana Manufacturers Association
  • Indiana Sheriffs’ Association
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • National Consumer League
  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
  • Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana
  • Trusted Mentors
  • Wellness Council of Indiana

Are there examples of projects or programs Aim is targeting with the program’s grant dollars?
While other uses will be considered, Aim believes the program is ideal for funding:

  • Flyers, handouts, leave-behinds, etc., that provide available resources on addiction prevention, response, or treatment
  • Expenses related to the convening of opioid prescribers, hospital administrators, and other stakeholders
  • Giveaway items imprinted with prevention, response, or treatment phone numbers
  • Informational materials related to tobacco cessation
  • Expenses related to the training of first responders and other municipal employees

Is there a maximum dollar amount per municipality?
In effort to circulate funding to as many municipalities as is reasonable, Aim will not consider grant requests greater than $5,000.

How will Aim decide who gets a grant?
Aim will appoint a panel of judges with a wide range of experience to score all grant applications and make recommendations to Aim regarding which applications should receive funding.

Will these be annual grants or one-time awards?
Currently, there isn’t any funding available for ongoing programs.  Funding received through Aim under the Aim Drug and Opioid Abuse Program should be considered one-time funding.

When considering the scale of Indiana’s problem, will $50,000 make a difference for Hoosiers?
In short, yes.  While $50,000 will not solve Indiana’s opioid and drug abuse epidemic, our hope is that best practices will emerge that inspire many Hoosier municipalities to find modest funding to replicate some of the programs developed by their peers via the Aim program.

Is there a reporting requirement regarding how the funds are spent?
Yes.  Those applying for funding will be required to commit to providing Aim with a report summarizing how their approved program was executed and any measurable results resulting therefrom.

Are there any non-monetary resources available from RALI?
Yes.  RALI has made 20,000 drug disposal bags available to Aim members.  A separate application for the bags must be completed to receive up to 2,000 disposal bags.  For more information on how the disposal bags work visit: deterrasystem.com.

Contact

Jennifer Simmons
Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]
317-237-6200 x 240

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