Pinellas County Opioid Abatement Settlement Funding
Pinellas County, along with the Florida cities and counties, agreed to the Florida Opioid Allocation and statewide response agreement (the “Florida Plan”) with the State of Florida, which governs the allocation and use of opioid litigation settlement proceeds. Pursuant to the Florida Plan, the State has established the City/County Fund and a Regional Fund.
The City/County fund is distributed directly to municipalities and counties. In addition to the Pinellas County’s allocation, three municipalities within Pinellas County; Largo, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, and Tarpon Springs have assigned their City/County Fund distributions to the County. The assignment of these cities’ funding to Pinellas County reduces duplication of services, reporting and administration. The County shall comply with all reporting requirements and use funds for approved Purposes and Core Strategies as outlined in the Florida Plan.
The Regional Fund is distributed to Pinellas County government as a Qualified County under the Florida Plan. To be determined a Qualified County Pinellas County government and the cities of Clearwater, Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg entered an Interlocal Agreement Governing the Use of Pinellas County Regional Opioid Settlement Funds. The Interlocal establishes the Opioid Abatement Funding Advisory Board who is tasked with reviewing opioid-related data, setting priorities for regional settlement funding, and after competitive solicitations administered by Pinellas County Human Services, making funding recommendations to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.
Use the City/County Fund of the opioid abatement settlement to increase access to opioid and substance use education, treatment and other related programs and services. Pinellas County will strive to fund services and programs that are available to and equally benefit all residents of Pinellas County.
The Opioid Abatement Funding Advisory Board (“OAFAB”), using the data and projections from the Pinellas County Opioid Taskforce and other relevant and reputable sources, will recommend how to allocate Regional Opioid Settlement Funds allocated to Pinellas County. The OAFAB will strive to fund services and programs that are available to all residents of Pinellas County and allocate funding and services in a manner that equally benefits all residents of Pinellas County.
Current Solicitation, go to: Regional Opioid Abatement Funding Competitive Application Instructions
Pending solicitation process.
Opioid Task Force, Data and Resources – The Pinellas County Opioid Task Force is a collaboration of community partners that started in response to the sharp increase in opioid-related drug abuse and deaths in the county.
Behavioral Health Resources – Pinellas County Human Service is proud to collaborate with community treatment providers to expand and enhance mental health and substance use services for residents of Pinellas County. Our partners are committed to providing healing support to individuals.