The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced funding availability totaling $750,000 to expand the statewide capacity of Quick Response Teams (QRTs). QRTs are composed of emergency response personnel, law enforcement officers and a substance use treatment or recovery provider who contact individuals within 24-72 hours of their overdose in an attempt to get them into a treatment program. “This funding will help communities build effective QRTs to reduce stigma surrounding substance use disorders and offer education and hope for recovery,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “As part of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s State Opioid Response Plan, these added resources will promote and support all pathways to recovery in communities throughout our state.” DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities is soliciting applications from public or private, not-for-profit or for-profit agencies with experience in serving individuals and families facing substance use disorders. Proposals must be submitted by June 5, 2018. Proposal details and requirements are available online: dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf/afa. Funding will be awarded based on accepted proposals that meet all required criteria.