Greenfield Releases Opioid Settlement Fund Survey
GREENFIELD – The City of Greenfield is seeking public input on opioid settlement fund allocation via a new survey. The survey goes live today, Friday, September 22, and will be open for the first round of public input until Friday, December 22. Residents can complete the survey online or submit a physical copy.
Massachusetts communities are receiving funds to bolster opioid response, prevention and rehabilitation measures following several settlements between the state and pharmaceutical companies culpable for exacerbating the opioid epidemic. The state expects to receive around $1 billion once each settlement is finalized.
Greenfield will receive over $1.7 million from the settlement agreement, including nearly $250,000 for fiscal year 2024. With the funding, the city aims to address disparities in existing opioid services, improve the community’s response to the opioid epidemic and aid people disadvantaged by the stigma associated with opioid use disorder.
Public input will help inform the city’s implementation of opioid settlement funds. Based on state regulations, survey funds can be allocated toward specific categories:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Support for People in Treatment and Recovery, Connections to Care, Harm Reduction, Addressing the Needs of Criminal-Justice-Involved Persons, Support Pregnant or Parenting Women and Their Families Including Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Prevent Misuse of Opioids and Implement Prevention Education.
To fill out the survey online, visit https://forms.gle/WGpCKLpQeSv5rn16A
For physical copies, residents can fill out and submit the survey in drop boxes at Greenfield City Hall, the Greenfield Public Library, the John Zon Community Center, Franklin County Community Justice Support Center, Greenfield Community College, community meal sites and health organizations. In addition, posters with QR codes for the digital survey will be available throughout the community for residents to engage with.
Please note that funding can supplement but not sustain large projects due to funding limitations. Input will be a factor in guiding decision-making on opioid settlement agreement funds as the city works on long-term policy.