$124K in mini grants awarded for Dare County opioid battle

By on October 20, 2022

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services has announced the awarding of a total of $124,750 in the form of 10 mini grants earmarked for the battle against opioid addiction.

Here is the information.

Dare County is part of North Carolina’s historic $26 billion agreement that will help bring desperately needed relief to communities impacted by opioids. In Dare County, these funds will be used to support treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and other life-saving programs and services. Because Dare County is a “can do” community, a portion of the funds was allocated towards mini grants.

The mini grant application period was open from August 16 until September 6, 2022. Applications were reviewed and approved by the Saving Lives Task Force Board.

The following projects were funded:

  • Dare County Recovery Court: Assist those in the justice-involved population and recovery with reentry services and post-treatment support.
  • Just in Case: Provide Narcan and Fentanyl test strips in a free, convenient, and discreet manner in the form of a vending machine.
  • Community Care Clinic of Dare: Implement medically 2assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).
  • OBX Room in the Inn: Fund qualified and dedicated Dare County residents to become certified Mental Health First Aid Trainers.
  • Cross Roads OBX: Increase organizational capacity to help those with substance use disorders in Dare County.
  • Interfaith Community Outreach: Provide monetary assistance to residents with addiction who have completed a treatment program.
  • Outer Banks Yoga: Provide a 75-minute weekly yoga/meditation class, designed specifically for individuals’ recovery from drug addiction.’
  • Changing Tides: Cover costs associated with services and treatment for qualified Dare County residents.
  • Outer Banks Dare Challenge: To provide a more intense focus on setting up Dare County residents with the tools necessary for long term success in recovery.
  • Contracted Community Peer Support Specialist: Attend Recovery Court Sessions monthly and assist participants and professionals. Work with Dare County Detention Center to set up needed programs.

“The Saving Lives Task Force board believes that these projects will enhance and complement the variety of services available in our community to combat substance use,” commented Roxana Ballinger, Saving Lives Task Force Co-Chair. “We are excited to see what these organizations achieve over the next fiscal year.”

For more information, please contact Roxana Ballinger, Health Education & Outreach Director with Dare County Department of Health & Human Services and Co-Chair for the Saving Lives Task Force at 252.475.5619 or Roxana.Ballinger@DareNC.com






  • 377th

    Am I reading it right?

    Our Federal taxes are paying for Yoga classes for drug addicts in rehab…


    Friday, Oct 21 @ 7:06 pm
  • Reread

    The article reads this money is from a settlement, not taxpayer funded. It says “Dare County is part of North Carolina’s historic $26Billion agreement”. Only credited for this article is OBV. Is this true North Carolina got $26Billion and Dare County granted 123K in “mini grants”? I would like a bit more information, like How much did Dare County get and how was 26Billion distributed over 100 North Carolina counties?? Or was this a “BIG PHARMA” settlement with multiple states??

    Friday, Oct 21 @ 10:24 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Re: This should answer your questions. And no, North Carolina did not get $26 billion. That was the national settelment number.

    Saturday, Oct 22 @ 7:29 am
  • robin hearne

    Great to see Dare County working diligently on this national issue.

    Wednesday, Oct 26 @ 10:06 am