January 18, 2024
News Release-1

It’s a momentous milestone in the fight against opioids.  The Pasco Board of County Commissioners proudly announces the approval of nine recommended projects submitted to the Opioid Task Force – all committed to providing necessary aid to those struggling in our community with substance-use and mental health disorders.

More than $8.1 million will be used for projects among city/county and regional organizations.  The money comes from the global settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Areas covered include:

  • Treatment and Supportive Services
  • Education and Caregiver Support
  • System Level Abatement
  • Prevention and Education
  • Mitigation and Enforcement

“The services funded through these projects are vital tools toward integrating preventative measures and necessary resources into our community,” says Pasco County Support Services Director Paula Baracaldo.  “It demonstrates Pasco County’s commitment to fighting the horrible effects and consequences of substance-use disorder.”

Funding will provide access to the following services:

  • Mental Health Support
  • Medical Supplies
  • Supportive & Transitional Housing
  • Comprehensive Case Management
  • Community Outreach Efforts

To learn more about the Opioid Task Force, please visit: mypas.co/AdvisoryBoardsCommittees