Opinion Rae Green: Funding for Opioid Crisis Not Enough

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Recent headlines, including  an article in Crain’s Detroit Business reported that Michigan will receive about $35 million in new federal funding this year through the State Opioid Response Grant. Funding is being provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to “track opioid deaths and to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs”. Michigan was awarded  $11.1 million in August to boost efforts at community health and other treatment centers.


Opinion Opioid Crisis – Detroit News

Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers Founder, Rae Green, has written an Opinion for the Detroit News on why, even though additional funding is good news, $35 million won’t even make a dent in the Michigan opioid crisis. Click the link below to read Rae Green’s Opinion.


Detroit News Opinion: Funding for opioid crisis not nearly enough

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Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers is a leader and innovative provider of integrated treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. At Sanford, we provide our clients with evidence-based clinical and medical services, in both outpatient and residential settings, while identifying the unique needs of each person we treat. Our person-centered approach allows us to craft a specialized treatment plan that addresses all aspects of a recovering person’s life, with particular emphasis on family involvement. 


As a privately held company, Sanford will not benefit from the State Opioid Response Grant. But the disease of addiction and the opioid crisis affects all aspects of society and all members of an addicted person’s family. We believe in working together to develop and support preventative measures, including more comprehensive education in our schools and workplaces, for prevention is the key to solving this crisis.


Opinion writer, Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC is the Founder and President of Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers. She also serves as its Clinical Director.


At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that everyone deserves to find the place from which they draw strength… Because our proven addiction treatment, comprehensive as it may be, is just the beginning of a life in recovery. We want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion. Our guiding principles include a homelike environment, individualized treatment, medication-assisted and integrated therapies, robust excursions and family involvement. The treatment programs at Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House at John Street for Men are gender specific to foster safety, honesty and community. People in different stages of recovery need different levels of care - Sanford Outpatient Center provides connection, education and all levels of group therapy to those who are inspired to embrace sobriety in a real life environment.