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Elevance Health Foundation Commits More Than $13 Million to Substance Use Disorder Programs

These grants will support programs that promote equity in mental health, with a particular focus on helping people with substance use disorders.

The Elevance Health Foundation is awarding grants to programs that focus on one of the following goals: prevention of and early intervention in risk factors that lead to substance use disorders, improved access to and quality of treatment to reduce morbidity and mortality of substance use disorders, and community support to promote lifelong recovery.

These grants are part of up to $30 million the Foundation plans to invest over the next three years to make significant progress toward reducing substance use disorders and their health impacts. For more than 20 years, the Elevance Health Foundation—formerly the Anthem Foundation—has supported nonprofits across the country that share its mission to improve lives and communities. With one in five Americans experiencing some type of mental health condition every year, the Foundation has made combating substance use disorder a key area of focus, along with improving maternal health, promoting the use of food as medicine, and providing disaster relief. These four pillars make up the Foundation’s overall commitment of up to $90 million over the next three years to meet critical health and health-equity challenges in communities today.

“Today 9.5 million adults in the U.S. report having both a substance use disorder and a mental illness, and substance use disorders alone affect over 20 million Americans ages 12 and over. These startling figures drive home our commitment to partnering with organizations that are delivering solutions on a local and national level,” said Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., Chief Health Officer of Elevance Health. “By acknowledging the physical, behavioral, and social drivers of health as they relate to substance use disorders, the Elevance Health Foundation—along with its recently awarded grantees—is positioned to provide meaningful solutions in achieving better health and advancing health equity.”

Fifteen organizations will receive $13 million over the next three years as the first round of substance use disorder grantees. Each grant will focus on at least one of the following themes: prevention of and early intervention in substance use disorders in youth; access to care; and quality of treatment. Collectively, these grants have the potential to reach 42 million Americans.

Substance Use Disorder Grantees

  • 3RTEC, Inc., dba My Recovery Day
  • 24/7 Gateway, LLC
  • Chris Atwood Foundation, Inc.
  • Duke University
  • Emergency Medicine Foundation
  • Faces and Voices of Recovery
  • Fletcher Group, Inc.
  • Mental Health America
  • Prevention Action Alliance
  • Shatterproof
  • Signature Health, Inc.
  • Star House Foundation
  • Young People in Recovery
  • Youth First, Inc.
  • YWCA of Northeast Indiana, Inc.

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