CNMI to get $630.5K for opioid crisis


The CNMI will be receiving $630,500 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, that will be used to combat the opioid crisis.

This forms part of the $932 million SAMHSA has awarded to U.S. states and territories as State Opioid Response grant funding.

Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will also be getting the same amount of $630,500 each.

In the CNMI, the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program is led by special assistant for SAAR Yvette Sablan. Those who wish to seek rehabilitation treatment are housed at the Hinemlu O’hala Para Enteramenti, or HOPE, rehabilitation center in Marpi.

“We know that far too few people who need treatment are pursuing it, and we want to change,” said Dr. Elinor F. McCance-Katz, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and head of SAMHSA. “I have been very impressed with the innovation of the states and look forward to the continued collaboration at the federal and state levels to advance the use of medication-assisted treatment and much-needed access to care.”

Obtain treatment resources at SAMHSA’s site or by calling SAMHSA’s national hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Individual states’ awards can be viewed at

More information on the SAMHSA work to combat the opioid crisis can be viewed at

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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