Another round of funding from opioid settlement cases is headed to a number of states, including Pennsylvania.
In one area county, plans are in the works to use the money to help prison inmates.
Pennsylvania has already received close to a billion dollars in an opioid settlement case.
Now, more funding is potentially on the way from a second opioid litigation case that involves payments from a different set of defendants.
States and counties are given different options on how they want to allocate that funding.
In Pennsylvania, a board of trustees oversees the distribution and on Tuesday morning, the Centre County commissioners were briefed on a preliminary plan to fund programs helping those who are incarcerated.
“Our priority right now is to ensure medically assisted treatment is available for those incarcerated at the correctional facility. We just received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to fund medically assisted treatment in the facility. So, we can revisit, if and how the opioid settlement dollars might be needed.”
How much money counties will receive in the latest round of opioid settlement money is yet to be decided.
In the first settlement deal, Centre County will receive about 80 to 90-thousand dollars a year, for at least 15 years.