(Juneau) Health officials in Dodge County have been allocating funds from a state grant to combat the opioid epidemic. Over $84-thousand dollars was awarded from the Wisconsin Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery to be used from July 1st of 2017 through April 30 of 2018. Dodge County Health and Human Services Director Rebecca Bell says the region was identified as a high needs area due to the high number of opioid related deaths. Bell explains how the county plans to use the grant dollars. She says the money will be used to provide relief to those suffering from an opioid addiction, intensive outpatient services, residential treatment, as well as medication assisted treatment services. During the application process, Bell’s department anticipated helping close to 20 individuals but now she says they will be able to provide support to more people than they original thought. She says the county will use the full grant amount prior to the April 30th deadline. Bell says anyone struggling with opioid abuse should reach out to her department to seek help. Bell says the county will continue to look for future grant opportunities to help fight the opioid crises. The phone number for the Dodge County Health and Human Services Department is 920-386-3500.