Tax credits available from CoxHealth Foundation for NAP grant to combat opioid abuse
There is another boost for efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our community.
The CoxHealth Foundation received a grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to support the Substance Abuse Initiative in Branson. Begun in 2017, Cox Medical Center Branson has initiated efforts to create awareness of the growing crisis in Stone and Taney counties. Every day, 115 people in America die from an opioid overdose and thousands more deal with the long-term effects that destroy them and their families. In Branson, the opioid epidemic is just as real. Emergency physicians have become overwhelmed by the number of overdoses they are seeing in the ER.
The $148,905 grant will provide 50% tax credits for donors who qualify as eligible businesses and individuals with business income. Funds will support physician training on Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) and community education; specifically setting up a web-based resource center so family members can access help for loved ones needing treatment and support.
“The addition of the NAP funds will allow the Substance Abuse Initiative to reach a larger percentage of Stone and Taney county residents to increase the knowledge and awareness of the risks and consequences related to substance use and misuse,” says Marietta Hagan, coordinator of the Substance Abuse Initiative. “The funds will also allow the SAI to bring in experts on Addiction Medicine to increase provider knowledge, training and capacity for evidence-based treatment methods.”
Those interested in securing tax credits are asked to contact Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation, at 417-269-7109 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org