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Preventing prescription drug abuse

More than 40 Americans die each day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Our prescription drug abuse prevention grants attempt to intervene in the epidemic that’s harming families across the country.

Opioid-related overdose deaths in Wisconsin more than tripled from 2003 to 2014: The count rose from 194 deaths to 622 deaths, making them a leading cause of injury deaths in Wisconsin. According to the Center for Disease Control, the epidemic is also a tremendous burden for the healthcare system, with an annual cost of $78.5 billion.

Wisconsin’s state health plan, the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse and the majority of communities identify drug abuse as a health priority. Security Health Plan of Marshfield Clinic Health System is investing up to $150,000 in Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grants to support communities in their efforts to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

The grant is meant to support community efforts to prevent or reduce unhealthy and risky prescription drug use through the following strategies:

  • Improving data collection and analysis
  • Changing policies
  • Developing strategies around prescription drug misuse and abuse
  • Collaborating to develop more comprehensive prevention programs

Grant initiatives may include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing a community assessment to allow for development of comprehensive local strategies
  • Establishing permanent medication drop box locations
  • Partnering with local providers to develop or enhance prescribing policies
  • Offering afterschool programming to provide a safe and structured venue when parents aren’t home
  • Implementing education and awareness campaigns
  • Providing evidence-based trainings to prevent misuse and abuse of prescription medications

While all applications will be reviewed, special attention will be given to applications addressing one or more of the following:

  • Prevention of opioid misuse and abuse
  • Prevention efforts versus treatment efforts
  • Populations under 18 years old

Important Information

Applications must be submitted by April 14, 2017.  Please review the below information for full Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grant details:

Grant Details

  • Awards not to exceed $30,000 per application
  • Only one application per applicant will be awarded
  • Funding may be used for new projects and programs, or to improve existing programs
  • No more than 30 percent of funding request may be allocated for administrative costs
  • Application must include components of health literacy
  • Application must not duplicate or compete with another similar program or service
  • Applying organization cannot receive separate grant dollars for the same program or service
  • Applicants are encouraged to bring forth new and innovative strategies that can be replicated and sustained
  • Application must provide strong evidence (including data or other supporting documentation) of the need for the proposed initiative
  • Strong recommendation of community collaboration as part of application (e.g., partnering with at least two community organizations)

Award schedule

  • Letter of intent due –  5 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Invitation to submit full application – Week of April 24, 2017
  • Full application due – 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017
  • Grant notification – Week of May 29, 2017
  • Contract signatures due – 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 
  • Fund distribution – Week of June 19, 2017
  • Grant completion date – 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018
  • End of project report due – Within 60 days of the end date identified in application, or by Friday, August 31, 2018


Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant must have tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)
  • Application must support our strategic direction to be a leader in improving the health, lifestyle and overall well-being of the communities we serve
  • Applicant must apply proposed program(s) within the Security Health Plan service area. Please refer to the service area map below:

Organizations not eligible

  • Political campaigns, candidates, parties or partisan activities
  • Religious organizations for support of theological functions
  • Organizations whose philosophy or mission is not in alignment with, or contradicts, the mission of Security Health Plan
  • Youth and adult sports leagues
  • Labor or fraternal groups
  • Applicants whose purpose is in direct competition with Security Health Plan 

Excluded costs and activities

  • Reimbursement of expenditures already incurred
  • Projects that are clearly a duplication of an existing service
  • Capital campaigns
  • Fundraisers
  • Awards that solely benefit an individual
  • Entry fees or pledges
  • Funds cannot be used to supplant existing funds

How to Apply

To begin, please submit a letter of intent and a letter of support from your local Substance Abuse Coalition. Security Health Plan will only accept one letter of intent per organization; letters must be submitted online. To submit a letter of intent, click here.

The letter of intent should not exceed two pages and must address the following information:

  1. Applicant’s full name, credentials and title
  2. Complete mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers
  3. Title of project
  4. Brief description of the project
  5. Draft of project SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) objectives
  6. Statement of need
  7. Geographic area served
  8. Population size served
  9. Expected outcomes
  10. Amount of funding requested
  11. Any other project funding sources

Applicants whose letter of intent is selected will be invited to submit a full application. Those applicants will also be asked to submit supplementary documents in addition to the application.


  • Invitations to submit a full application will emailed the week of April 24, 2017.
  • Grant recipients will be notified via email or telephone the week of May 29, 2017.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Allison Machtan, MS, RD
Community Benefits Manager
Security Health Plan
715-221-9872 or 1-800-472-2363 extension 1-9872