Results from the opioid settlement prioritization survey 2021–22

May 23, 2022

A magnifying glass over bar chart results from the opioid settlement survey.

In 2019, Michigan and many of its municipalities filed lawsuits against numerous corporations in the opioid industry. While settlement negotiations regarding some of these lawsuits are ongoing, the State of Michigan is currently drafting legislation that would establish a fund for these resources–$766 million–that would be used to support Michigan-based substance use treatment services and to address the harm created by the opioid epidemic. 

In late 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) contracted with the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) to analyze results from a survey of key Michigan respondents about the best ways to use opioid settlement dollars within state and federal guidelines. The Opioid Settlement Prioritization Survey 2021-22 sought to systematically gather data to understand priorities for settlement funding among respondents across Michigan, including individuals with lived experience, to inform strategies to address the opioid epidemic across the state. 

CHRT’s team analyzed qualitative and quantitative survey results in collaboration with state partners then reported back to MDHHS to share its analysis, which is the first step toward making recommendations to support policymakers’ decision process.

Key Findings

Respondent priorities for the use of settlement funds included: 

  1. Recovery support services, including peer support and wrap-around services for individuals with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health diagnoses.
  2. Prevention programming.
  3. Expanding access to medications used to effectively treat opioid use disorder (MOUD) and other opioid-related treatment.