Opioid Settlement Funds


The Cumberland County Department of Public Health is now accepting applications for grant funding from the opioid settlement funds received by Cumberland County.
Cumberland County has received first-round funding of approximately $300,000 in settlement funds from a lawsuit related to the over-prescribing of opioid medications. More information is available on the Maine Attorney General’s website.
Community groups, government agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations can apply.
For a full description and instructions, please visit this link.
Proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Brandon Irwin (irwin@cumberlandcounty.org) on or before April 26th, 2024.

Substance Use Disorder is an ongoing, urgent public health issue in the United States, Maine and in Cumberland County. Over the past several decades, Opioid manufacturers and distributors had a large role in turning the problem into an epidemic.  Through litigation, several Opioid manufacturers and distributors have agreed to pay states and subdivisions, which includes counties and some towns, settlement funds over the next 18 years. 

Cumberland County Government has begun receiving direct payments from several Opioid Settlements.  Each year, the total payment amount will fluctuate but the County expects to receive an average of $211,260 annually.  All subdivision recipients of the opioid settlement funds in Maine must spend the money on approved uses for opioid abatement identified in the Opioid Settlement MOU.

The Cumberland County Public Health Department (CCPHD) has been tasked by the County Commissioners to allocate the funds.  The CCPHD has outlined this process for determining the best use of the funds and allocation them each year.  It has also completed this assessment and action plan for the allocation of the funds over the next 4 years.

For more more information or to ask questions, please email Liz Blackwell-Moore at blackwell-moore@cumberlandcounty.org