Statement from Gian-Carl Casa, President & CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance), whose members include mental health and substance abuse treatment providers across the state, on the fatal overdose statistics released by the Chief Medical Examiner on Friday.

“Connecticut’s community nonprofits have been on the front lines of the opioid crisis every day, struggling to keep substance abuse treatment programs open and staffed, despite stagnant or reduced funding. Across the state, community nonprofits have not gotten a funding increase since 2007 and grant funding has been cut by almost 30 percent since 2013.

“The overdose fatality numbers are shocking, but not surprising to providers. Our members have the know how to combat this crisis; they need the funding
to do it.”