Monday, February 26, 2018
Wilmington, Del. (Feb. 26, 2018) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware (Highmark Delaware) announced four major grants to community organizations that are fighting the opioid epidemic in Delaware.
A total of $325,000 in BluePrints for the Community grants will support organizations that are on the front lines of the opioid crisis in the state. The grants from Highmark Delaware’s BluePrints for the Community Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, will bolster efforts throughout the state to address the many facets of the opioid epidemic from prevention to recovery.
"This is an epidemic and it is going to take all of us working together to combat addiction, save lives and help people into recovery. At Highmark we are addressing the opioid crisis through both policy and partnerships," said Tim Constantine, president, Highmark Delaware. "None of us can take on this crisis alone. We are proud to join with the state and our nonprofit partners in making a difference in Delaware’s fight against opioid addiction."
Constantine explained that as the leading health plan in Delaware, Highmark is taking a multifaceted approach to combating opioids in the community through education, advocacy, policy and grant making.
"While we are increasing and improving prevention, treatment and recovery services across state government, we know that government alone can’t reduce the toll that the opioid epidemic is taking on Delaware families," said Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS, director, Division of Public Health, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. "To reduce that impact, it is critical that we work in concert with providers, insurers, nonprofit leaders, educators, advocates, the faith community and families. We recommend that Delawareans seek out the information and services they need at our one-stop website, www.HelpIsHereDE.com."
BluePrints for the Community grants were awarded to the following organizations to fight addiction in Delaware:
In 2007, Highmark Delaware established BluePrints for the Community, a grant program to help address the issues faced by Delaware's uninsured and underserved populations. The program was established as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages and administers charitable funds throughout Delaware. Since its inception, BluePrints has awarded 94 grants, totaling more than $12 million. BluePrints grants have provided services to more than 90,000 Delawareans.
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