PA Awards $6 Million in Funding to Fight Overdose Deaths

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs announced more than $6 million in grant funding for organizations to establish or expand substance use disorder services, community outreach and education to underrepresented communities struggling with the opioid overdose crisis.

“Trends in drug overdose deaths show widening disparities between demographic groups, both in Pennsylvania and nationally,” said DDAP Acting Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones. “Communities of color are experiencing disproportionally higher rates of overdose deaths and are less likely to receive substance use treatment or supports. This funding will provide additional resources to organizations that are on the front lines of helping Pennsylvania communities facing the opioid crisis.”

In 2020, overdose death rates increased 39% for Black Pennsylvanians compared to 2019. In 2021, Black Pennsylvanians died from an overdose at a rate that was nearly two times higher than white Pennsylvanians.

Those eligible for this funding included organizations which provide services, outreach, and/or education to communities of color that promote access to harm reduction services, low-barrier SUD and medication-assisted treatment (MAT), recovery and peer supports, and/or offender reentry supports.

Through this funding award, 19 organizations are receiving grants up to $400,000 for a 12-month period beginning July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Funds shall be applied toward a range of activities, including construction and building infrastructure, staffing, and evidence-based programming. The 19 grantees and counties they serve are as follows:


OrganizationCounty/ies serving
Bethany Christian of Western PACrawford and Erie
Crossroads Treatment CentersAllegheny and Philadelphia
Helping Hands MinistriesMercer
Horizon HousePhiladelphia
Macedonia FACEAllegheny
Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services (MARS)Lehigh and Northampton
PA Counseling ServicesAdams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, and York
Partners for Quality FoundationAllegheny
Philadelphia Department of Public HealthPhiladelphia
Pinnacle TreatmentWashington and Centre
Preventive MeasuresLehigh and Northampton
Reading HospitalBerks
Recovery Coaching ServicesBerks
TadisoAllegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Armstrong, Greene, Lawrence, Indiana, Westmoreland, and Fayette
Three Rivers YouthAllegheny
Tree of Life Bible ChurchAllegheny
Unity RecoveryPhiladelphia
UPMC Pinnacle HospitalsAdams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and York
Wedge Medical Center, Inc.Philadelphia