Fall River Opioid Settlement Funds

The City of Fall River is pleased to release the Fall River Opioid Settlement Funds Request for Proposals (RFP). 
 
The RFP application is open now until June 16th, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST. The application is available for download as a PDF document and the budget template (Appendix B) is available for download as an Excel file.
 
The Fall River opioid settlement funding will be used to save lives by reducing Fall River’s burden of opioid-related morbidity and mortality. This will be accomplished by awarding local partners and municipal departments with necessary funding to address this burden. This RFP will be the City of Fall River’s first funding cycle using opioid settlement funds. Proposals will be judged by the Fall River Opioid Settlement Funds Advisory Committee and submitted to Mayor Paul Coogan with a funding recommendation.
 
Registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and government entities that provide opioid-related services to Fall River residents are eligible to apply for funding through this selective grant program. The City of Fall River has reserved up to $1.2 million for this initial funding cycle. 
 
For any further questions, please email opioidfunds@fallriverma.gov.


Massachusetts participated in nationwide financial settlements with opioid distributors, pharmacies, and drugmakers that will provide over $900 million in settlement funds for prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services in the Commonwealth.

Nearly all Massachusetts cities and towns are currently receiving funds, including Fall River. Under the State-Subdivision Agreement, funds from statewide opioid settlements are allocated as follows:

The agreement requires all funds to be used to supplement and strengthen resources for prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery. It also requires annual reporting by municipalities that is published publicly online through the Municipal Opioid Abatement Funds Data Dashboard.

Charts reflecting the estimated, maximum annual distributions to municipalities are posted here. These amounts are subject to adjustment, including deductions to account for the costs of settlement administration. 

Learn more about the Attorney General’s Statewide Opioid Settlements here.

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Attorney General’s Statewide Opioid Settlements.

The City of Fall River expects to receive nearly $8 million over the next 15 years. As of March 26th, 2024, the City of Fall River has received payments totaling $1,854,547.31.

In early 2023, the City of Fall River contracted the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to conduct an evaluation of current substance addiction prevention efforts in the City of Fall River. This evaluation report, titled “Opioid-Related Public Health Responses in Fall River, MA: Goals, Current Capacity, and Future Directions” was completed in June 2023.

Soon after, the City of Fall River convened the Fall River Opioid Settlement Funds Advisory Committee tasked with providing recommendations on opioid settlement fund spending.

The 10–person Committee of local leaders and stakeholders are involved or have former experience with various Fall River institutions including religious communities and other community–based organizations. Members of the Committee have lived and personal experience with the opioid epidemic. To limit conflicts of interest, no Committee member is employed by an organization that would directly benefit from these funds.

The first meeting of this Committee was held on November 29th, 2023. The Committee expects to meet monthly. Although the meetings are held privately, detailed minutes will be uploaded regularly on this page.

Additionally, the City of Fall River has welcomed community feedback and input via a survey and an open meeting. Between March 19, 2024, and May 3, 2024, the City of Fall River gathered input from Fall River residents via the Fall River Opioid Settlement Funds Community Survey. The survey was available online in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Read the full press release here.

On May 1, 2024, Mayor Paul Coogan and the Fall River Opioid Settlement Funds Advisory Committee hosted an open meeting to provide Fall River residents with the opportunity to share their experiences and opinions on future uses of opioid settlement funds. Read the full press release here. A video recording of the event can be viewed here