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.




Sanford Behavioral Health is an addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders and mental health treatment center. Sanford provides residential and outpatient programs in the Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in home-like, restorative settings. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause behavioral health conditions, such as trauma, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.