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Four organizations receive $2 million grant to fight opioid crisis

Ideal Option, Kadlec, and the Benton and Franklin Sheriff's Departments will split the nearly $2 million grant.

Four area organizations at the forefront of fighting the opioid crisis in the Tri-Cities were awarded grants of almost $2 million.

Ideal Option in Pasco, Kadlec Regional Medical Center and the Benton and Franklin County Sheriff's office received the money from the Washington Health Care Authority.

Emergency rooms and jails are often where addicted patients are found.

"The purpose of these grants is to create what are called initiation sites for medicated assisted treatment and wraparound services for folks who have opioid addiction,” said Jeffrey Allgaier, CEO of Ideal Options. “This is considered the gold standard for the treatment of opioid addiction.”

The organizations are hoping to use the money to initiate medically assisted treatment in places where that treatment usually isn't found. Allgaier says this will help these organizations collaborate to address the growing opioid crisis in the Tri-Cities.

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