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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.5 Million to Support Heroin and Opioid Crime Reduction Efforts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced the release of more than $2.5 million in federal grants to help District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and other criminal justice agencies strengthen and enhance their ongoing efforts to combat heroin and opioid abuse in Massachusetts.

“Law enforcement is on the front lines of the opioid crisis and it’s incumbent on us to provide them with every available resource to save lives,” said Governor Baker.  “These grants provide yet another tool for us to begin bending the trend of overdoses and deaths as we combat this epidemic.”

This competitive grant opportunity allows eligible state and county criminal justice agencies to solicit grant funding for services aimed at prevention, intervention, diversion, enforcement, and treatment. All proposals were required to include a law enforcement nexus and place a primary focus on targeting heroin and opioid abuse.

“These grant awards are great news for families across the state that have been negatively affected by drug use in their communities,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “The Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office will now be able to purchase an additional 1,100 doses of Naloxone (Narcan), which will help to reduce the number of overdose deaths associated with prescription opioid and heroin abuse.”   

“The law enforcement leaders receiving these grants were selected for the innovative approaches they recommend, for their compassion, and for their commitment to addressing the devastating effects of the addiction crisis that has ruined and taken so many lives,” said Secretary Bennett. 

These awards will complement the Governor’s Opioid Task Force recommendations by expanding access to services for medicated-assisted treatment, development of a youth drug prevention curriculum, dissemination of educational materials as part of a public awareness campaign, treatment beds, and training for law enforcement personnel.    

Last year, Governor Baker filed legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering from addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids, and increase education about substance use disorder for providers and in the community. Over one hundred additional treatment beds have been made available across the Commonwealth, with more expected thanks to funding from this grant program. 

More information about the Governor’s Opioid Task Force is available at: www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma.

The agencies receiving a grant award from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security under the “Heroin and Opioid Crime Reduction State Initiative” are as follows:

 

Agency

Award Amount

Barnstable County Sheriff's Department

$178,841.00

Berkshire County Sheriff's Office

$108,657.00

Bristol County Sheriff's Office

$237,820.00

Essex County District Attorney's Office

$145,743.00

Essex County Sheriff's Department

$157,134.00

Franklin County Sheriff's Department

$133,000.00

Hampden County Sheriff's Department

$188,841.00

Hampshire Sheriff's Department

$120,812.00

Massachusetts Department of Correction

$115,000.00

Massachusetts Parole Board

$136,609.00

Massachusetts Department of State Police

$46,000.00

Middlesex County Sheriff's Office

$139,647.00

Norfolk County District Attorney's Office

$39,310.00

Norfolk County Sheriff's Department

$112,882.00

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

$86,860.00

Plymouth County District Attorney's Office

$165,904.00

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

$100,883.00

Worcester County-Middle District Attorney's Office

$105,981.00

Worcester County Sheriff's Department

$189,968.00

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Justice Assistance Grants to Cities and Towns

Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced that 27 cities and towns will receive a total of $2,169,409 in funding from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program offered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research (OGR).

“These grants offer strong support for our municipal law enforcement partners and the communities they serve to tackle some of the most difficult challenges they face,” said Governor Baker. “Youth violence and the opioid crisis are just two areas where we are combining forces to make a positive impact in communities across Massachusetts, and it is my hope these grants will expedite our progress.”

“Local police know best which solutions will work for their communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, “and these grants allow them to seek funds in support of policy objectives that are specific to their localized needs.”

Our local police work tirelessly to protect and serve our communities,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. “These awards are well deserved and my office is committed to doing all that it can to provide the resources necessary to assist our local officials in their public safety efforts.”

The JAG Program provides Massachusetts local governments with critical funding for a range of programs that support local law enforcement, including programs for prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. The round of grants announced today are specifically aimed at helping local police departments develop programs for the following areas:

  • Substance Abuse Enforcement and/or Intervention with an Emphasis on Opioids;
  • Youth Violence Prevention, Delinquency Prevention, School Safety, and/or Youth Engagement;
  • SMART Policing; and
  • Improving Coordinated Responses to Mental Health.

Click here for a full list of grant recipients.