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Opioid Settlement Proceeds Grants Program

The Opioid Settlement Proceeds Grants (OSPG) Program was established to distribute settlement funds received by the City of Jacksonville following its participation in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids for their roles in the opioid crisis. According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department:

  • From 2018 to 2022, the rate of opioid overdose deaths in Duval County increased by 67%.
  • 2020, 2021, and 2022 were the worst years in Duval County's history for opioid-related deaths, with nearly 1,500 people dying from an opioid overdose over those three years.
  • In 2023, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to an average of 240 opioid-related overdose calls each month.

The OSPG Program contracts with eligible agencies and organizations performing services in Duval County who have been in operation for a minimum of three years providing services related to the prevention, treatment, and/or recovery support for those with opioid use disorder and co-occurring substance use disorder or mental health conditions. The selection process of OSPG awards is outlined in Ordinance 2023-350-E and evaluated by the Opioid and Substance Use Disorder (OSUD) Grants Committee.

OSUD Grants Committee

The OSUD Grants Committee’s goal is to distribute opioid settlement funds throughout the City of Jacksonville in a way that is equitable, efficient, and effective in order to combat the opioid crisis. The committee does so through the following activities:

  • Review and assess the annual needs of the City for programs and services related to the opioid epidemic
  • Review, evaluate, and score each Opioid Settlement Proceeds Grant application
  • Participate in on-site evaluations of recipient programs
  • Award and allocate the annual opioid settlement proceeds appropriation

The OSUD Grants Committee consists of seven voting members; the Mayor and City Council President each appoint one member from each of the following categories: mental health professional, peer specialist, and healthcare professional. The seventh voting member is the Health Administrator of the Florida Department of Health, Duval County, who is a continuous, standing member. Additionally, the City Council President annually appoints a City Council Member to serve as a liaison to the OSUD Grants Committee.

Committee Members 

Member Name Role Category
Dr. Lantie Jorandby Chair Healthcare Professional
Dr. Richmond Wynn Vice Chair Mental Health Professional
Antonio Nichols Secretary Health Administrator, Florida Department of Health, Duval County 
Nancy Rice Member  Mental Health Professional
Heather Rios Member  Peer Specialist
Sarah Smith Member  Peer Specialist
Dr. John Tanner Member  Healthcare Professional

City Council Liaison (non-voting member)
Ronald Salem - City Council President rsalem@coj.net 

Fiscal Year 2024-2025 OSPG Awards

FY 2024-2025 Opioid Settlement Proceeds Funded Categories
The OSUD Grants Committee assesses the needs of the community and recommends to the City Council the percentage of OSPG funds appropriated to be allocated to each of the funded categories: prevention, treatment, or recovery support. For the fiscal year 2024-2025, the allocation of funding to each funded category shall be:

Prevention - 34%
Treatment - 33%
​Recovery Support - 33%

Mandatory Application Workshops

Agencies interested in applying for an OSPG award for the FY 2024-2025 cycle must attend one of two Mandatory Application Workshops. The purpose of this workshop is to provide interested agencies with information about eligibility, OSPG application, and application process. These workshops were held on April 25, 2024, and April 29, 2024. 

Tentative Timeline

  • The application will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 and close on Monday, July 1, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. Requesting agencies may submit applications utilizing CyberGrants, an online platform, or in-person. Agencies that attended a Mandatory Application Workshop will receive further information about applying via email. 
  • October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025: Contracts are effective October 1, 2024, and will run concurrent to the City of Jacksonville's fiscal year, ending September 30, 2025. 

Fiscal Year 2023-2024 OSPG Awards

Awarded Programs

The following agencies and programs have been awarded an OSPG award for the FY 2023-2024 cycle:

Funded Category Agency Name Program Name Award Amount
Prevention Ace Medical The ATRAC Program - Prevention $32,700
Prevention Boys' and Girls' Club of Northeast Florida BGCNF SMART Moves Program $496,202
Prevention Community Coalition Alliance Duval's Approach to Reduce Opioid Overdose $493,941
Prevention Community Rehabilitation Center CRC Prevention Programming $471,525
Prevention Inspire to Rise Inspired Youth Program $195,024
Prevention NAMI Jacksonville Florida Connection Recovery Support $57,194
Prevention New Hope Education and Addiction Services Florida Recovery Schools $89,469
Prevention Safe and Healthy Duval Coalition North Florida Poly-Drug Task Force $112,000
Prevention Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville Primary Opioid Prevention for At-Risk Patients $178,733
Prevention Yoga 4 Change Preventing Opioid and Substance Use with Evidence-Based Resilience Skills for Youth $149,776
Treatment Ace Medical The ATRAC Program - Treatment $103,320
Treatment Baptist Health System Path to Sobriety: Providing Life-Saving Treatment to Patients With IV Drug Associated Endocarditis $290,487
Treatment Community Rehabilitation Center CRC Outpatient Treatment Programs $458,339
Treatment Gateway Community Services Mobile MAT Unit $431,574
Treatment I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless Sulzbacher Substance Abuse Treatment Program $499,963
Treatment Metro Treatment of Florida H.O.P.E. Duval (Healing. Opioid. Prevention. Education.) $500,000
Recovery Support Ace Medical The ATRAC Program - Recovery $29,850
Recovery Support The City Rescue Mission LifeBuilders Residential Addiction Recovery Program $500,000
Recovery Support I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless Sulzbacher Substance Abuse Recovery Program $496,819
Recovery Support Metro Treatment of Florida Ride to Recovery $300,000
Recovery Support Operation New Hope Ready4Work Recovery Support $273,191
Recovery Support Project Save Lives OUD Residential Director $20,535
Recovery Support Rebel Recovery Florida Comprehensive Housing & Care Cooordination $331,108
Recovery Support Serenity Granted Operation Opioid Abatement Director $30,500


Technical Assistance
If you have any questions regarding the Opioid Settlement Proceeds Grants application process or contractual requirements, please contact Madelaine Zarou, Opioid Abatement Manager, at mazarou@coj.net or opioidabatement@coj.net or via phone at (904) 255-3312.

Public Notices, Agendas, and Minutes

Notice Meeting Minutes
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
September 25, 2023
Meeting Minutes September 25, 2023
Mandatory Application Workshop 
October 11, 2023
N/A
Mandatory Application Workshop
October 19, 2023
N/A
Robert's Rules Workshop 
October 20, 2023
N/A
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
October 30, 2023
Meeting Minutes October 30, 2023
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
December 4, 2023
Meeting Minutes December 4, 2023
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
January 19, 2024
Meeting Minutes January 19, 2024
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
January 29, 2024
Meeting Minutes January 29, 2024
Awardee Training Workshop
February 6, 2024
N/A
Awardee Training Workshop
February 8, 2024
N/A
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
February 26, 2024
Meeting Minutes February 26, 2024
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
March 25, 2024
Meeting Minutes March 25, 2024
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
April 23, 2024
Meeting Minutes April 23, 2024
Mandatory Application Workshop
April 25, 2024
N/A
Mandatory Application Workshop
April 29, 2024
N/A
OSUD Grants Committee Meeting
May 20, 2024
 


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