oPIOID & SUBSTANCE USE (OSU) Task Force Plans
Fairfax County’s OSU Task Force recently completed the next iteration of its plan to combat the opioid epidemic. The Opioid & Substance Use Task Force Plan (PDF) builds off of the successes and lessons learned from working through the initiatives of the first plan (PDF), which the Board of Supervisors approved in January 2018.
The OSU Task Force Plan for FY 2021 and FY 2022 was completed before the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly changed the economic outlook. On April 7, 2020, the County Executive submitted an updated FY 2021 budget proposal that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on May 12, 2020. The adopted FY 2021 budget reflects new economic realities, deferring funding that had originally been recommended for FY 2021 for many county priorities, including increased support to fight the opioid epidemic. Though this deferral puts FY 2021 activities in the Plan requiring new funding on hold, the OSU Task Force will continue efforts currently underway and advance initiatives that can be pursued within existing resources.