More funding opportunities are on the way for communities combatting the opioid crisis.

Earlier this week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced $4 million in substance abuse grants will be available over the next two years. The money is part of the Ohio Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Grant Program.

The grants will help communities with high overdose rates to develop, expand or enhance substance use deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs. The goal is to identify, treat and support those impacted by the use and misuse of opioids, stimulants and other substances, DeWine said in a news release.

The funds provided in these grants can use it for several different programs, including paying for deflection and pre-arrest diversion program staff, purchasing Naloxone and fentanyl test strips and supporting drug take back programs. 

Additional services that the funding can be used for include specialized services for underserved or high-risk populations, transportation programs and other basic needs that serve grant purposes, recovery support programs, legal review of policies and procedures, social workers and using data for real-time, comprehensive planning and response to emerging drug trends.

Other innovative projects can be proposed if they are evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the community.

Use of the grants need to support of one or more of the six pathways of deflection and pre-arrest diversion described by the Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative.

For more information on the grants, click here.