Evaluate proposals, make recommendations, and empower evidence-based programs and strategies to abate the Arkansas opioid epidemic, in a manner consistent with approved purposes as defined in the Arkansas Opioids MOU, settlement agreements, and court orders approving settlements and bankruptcies.
Arkansas has received master settlement funding from the National Prescription Opiate Litigation. The settlement funding will be split evenly between the Arkansas Municipal League, the Arkansas Association of Counties, and the Office of the Attorney General. In 2022, the Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas Association of Counties came together to create the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership (ARORP), which represents an unprecedented, united front between the representatives of local government against opioid misuse in Arkansas. Using the Arkansas Opioids MOU, settlement agreements, and court orders approving settlements and bankruptcies, ARORP will fund evidenced-based programs and strategies to abate the opioid epidemic in Arkansas’s cities and counties. To see which types of programs and strategies can be funded, see Exhibit E.
The AAC supports and promotes the idea that all elected officials must have the opportunity to act together in order to solve mutual problems as a unified group. To further this goal, the AAC is committed to providing a single source of cooperative support and information for all counties and county and district officials. The overall purpose of the AAC is to work for the improvement of county government in the state of Arkansas. The association accomplishes this purpose by providing legislative representation, on-site assistance, general research, training, various publications and conferences to assist county officials in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their office.
The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose:
The Arkansas Opioids MOU
An agreement among the cities, counties, and state under which the governments split opioid settlement funds equally, with 1/3 going to each. The governments also agree under the MOU to spend abatement funds for “approved purposes,” defined on p. 1-2 of the MOU.
The cities and counties distribution agreements (substantively the same), under which the cities and counties formed ARORP together and established a mission statement, guidelines for ARORP, and guidelines for applicants. The city/county distribution agreements are exhibits to the MOU.
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Use of Funding Guidelines
Exhibit E to the national settlement with opioid distributors—a detailed list of approved opioid remediation uses for spending opioid funds. This is a more detailed explanation of approved expenditures, like the “approved purposes” in the Arkansas Opioids MOU.
The order establishing the Arkansas Qualified Settlement Fund (QSF)—this is the court case and order establishing the QSF that will receive Arkansas city/county settlement funds and appointing the QSF administrator (Ed Gentle) who will write checks to fund approved projects.