Opioid Settlement Funds

About the Opioid Settlements

North Carolina is part of a historic $26 billion agreement that will help bring desperately needed relief to communities impacted by opioids. These funds will be used to support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and other life-saving programs and services in communities throughout the state. North Carolina’s Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan lays out concrete strategies to advance prevention, reduce harm, and connect people to the care that they need. More information can be found on the NC Opioid Settlements webpage here: https://ncopioidsettlement.org/


NC Memorandum of Agreement Link

Specific Strategies Link

Exhibit A Strategy-Specific Resources link

Richmond County has received Opioid Settlement Funds pursuant to national settlement agreements with companies engaged in the manufacturing, distribution, and dispensing of opioids and drug distributors. The allocation, use, and reporting of funds stemming from these national settlement agreements are governed by the Richmond County Board of County Commissioners in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the State of North Carolina and local governments on Proceeds Relating to the Settlement of Opioid Litigation (MOA). Authority has been delegated by the Board of County Commissioners to the Richmond County Drug Endangered Family Taskforce (DEFT), in accordance with the Resolution by the County of Richmond to Direct the Expenditures of Opioid Settlement Funds.

The DEFT hereby publishes this Request for Proposals and anticipates funds from the Opioid Settlement Fund in the amount of up to $50,000.00 to fund each of the program types specified below. Such funds will support programs or services that serve Richmond County persons with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or any co-occurring Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or mental health condition for the state fiscal year 2023-2024 beginning on or after August 1, 2023. Each applicant can apply for up to $50,000.00. Any request over the $50,000 grant cap, will be considered based on the availability of funded grant requests. The use of these funds in this county requires a local match of 10% (cash or in-kind).

Proposed programs or services should target opioid and/or substance use disorder, addiction treatment, recovery support, and drug interventions.

Eligibility: Local Public and Government Agencies, local public/private schools, 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporations/Organizations, Private For-Profit Providers/Organizations, and Local Housing Authorities 

Instructions: To apply for FY 2023-2024 DEFT Opioid Settlement Funds, you must complete and submit your application online (see below); the budget form is separate and located in DEFT Program Budget. This form opens into a read-only file and should be downloaded and saved to your computer for use.  Please email the completed budget form to Dr. Tommy Jarrell at tommy.jarrell@richmondnc.com after you have submitted the application. After submitting the application electronically, print and submit hard copies as indicated below. Conflict of Interest Statements, Agency Conflict of Interest Policy, and proof of 501(c)(3) status are required with each application. Private profit/non-profits are required to submit proof of No Overdue Tax forms.

Application Packet: DEFT RFP Application Packet 

Number of original copies to submit: Three (3)

NOTE: For additional information or technical assistance about applying for DEFT Opioid Settlement Funds in this county, please contact Dr. Tommy Jarrell at tommy.jarrell@richmondnc.com or 910-997-8400

Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2023, by 5:00 PM

Mail or deliver the application to:
Richmond County Health & Human Services
ATTN: Dr. Tommy Jarrell, DEFT Coordinator
P. O. Box 518 
Rockingham, NC 28380 


In keeping with the National Settlement Agreement, DEFT opioid settlement funds may support programs or services listed below that serve Richmond County persons with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or any co-occurring Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or mental health condition.

As used in this list, the words “fund” and “support” are used interchangeably and mean to create, expand, or sustain a program, service, or activity.

  1. Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment

DEFT will support evidence-based addiction treatment consistent with the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s national practice guidelines for the treatment of opioid use disorder – including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with any medication approved for this purpose by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – through Opioid Treatment Programs, qualified providers of Office-Based Opioid Treatment, Federally Qualified Health Centers, the treatment offered in conjunction with justice system programs, or other community-based programs offering evidence-based addiction treatment. This may include capital expenditures for facilities that offer evidence-based treatment for OUD. (If only a portion of a facility offers such treatment, then only that portion qualifies for funding, on a pro-rata basis.)

See more information at Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment - North Carolina Opioid Settlements (ncopioidsettlement.org)

  1. Recovery Support Services
  1. Recovery Housing Support
  1. Employment Related Services
  1. Early Intervention Programs
  1. Naloxone Distribution
  1. Post-Overdose Response Teams
  1. Criminal Justice Diversion Programs
  1. Addiction Treatment for Incarcerated Persons
  1. Reentry Programs