Grants for Fentanyl Awareness Pilot Projects Approved in Committee
Bill Creating Grants for Fentanyl Awareness Pilot Projects Approved in Committee
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson that would create a new state grant to fund outreach, prevention and awareness of the fentanyl crisis was approved unanimously in the Assembly Health Committee Tuesday afternoon.
AB 2365 would fund six pilot projects throughout the state focused on reducing fentanyl overdose and use. Local government agencies (i.e. education, law enforcement, public health, etc.) would apply for grant funds to increase awareness and education about the dangers of fentanyl.
Over the last two years, Fresno County’s law enforcement and education leaders collaborated to fund billboard campaigns, run PSA’s at local movie theaters, radio ads, TikTok videos, and work collaboratively with mental health professionals sharing the very real dangers of fentanyl.
These pilot projects can include, but are not limited to, awareness campaigns such as billboards and commercials, educating students and other young people as well as their parents, and offering additional mental health resources to survivors of fentanyl overdose before they leave the hospital.
AB 2365 moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assemblyman Patterson (R-Fresno) represents the 23rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes communities in Fresno and Tulare County.