By Roberta Jacobson and John KingThe federal government has provided more than $500 million in loan guarantees and grants to help the states and cities that are struggling with the opioid crisis.
Here’s a look at which companies are winning or losing money on the federal programs:The federal loan guarantees are paid to help fund infrastructure projects, but it is also used to provide cash for things like job training, child care, housing and food.
These kinds of grants help states and localities get their budgets in order and improve the lives of their residents.
Some of these grants are used to fund a variety of services, including:•Coverage of opioid-related problems.•Coordination and outreach to low-income communities, including rural areas, that have been hit particularly hard by opioid use.•Financial literacy.•Preventative health services for people with mental health issues.•Support for substance abuse treatment programs.
The grants and loans come from the Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the $9 billion National Drug Control Strategy.
The grants are available to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In all, more than 1.2 million people have received grants and more than 5,400 grant recipients have received loans, according to HHS.
The loans are not tied to the amount of money each state or local government is spending, so they are available for any reason.
The federal government pays up to 80 percent of the total cost of a grant.
The Department of Transportation and the Department for Natural Resources both receive the federal money, but they can use it to fund transportation, infrastructure, fire and other disaster relief efforts.
The amount the federal government gives to each state depends on a variety in how the state’s emergency response needs are addressed.
States that are dealing with a major emergency, such as the wildfires that swept through Northern California in October, may want to use the federal funds for road and bridge repairs, as well as providing transportation to disaster areas.