Approve Direct Allocation of Opioid Settlement Funds to the City of Gallup
This agenda item requests that Council approve the NM Opioid Allocation Agreement and authorize the City Attorney to sign the agreement on behalf of the City. It also requests a decision regarding whether to participate in the “regional” distribution of the funds or to receive the funding independent of any other governmental entity.
The agreement also provides that the counties in which there is an eligible city and those cities have three choices for how their funding is distributed:
1. The default setting is that the county and any eligible city’s within that county are a single “region” that receives only one payment;
2. Notify the Attorney General by July 1 that the county and the associated cities want to receive their funding separately.
3. Notify the Attorney General by July 1 that two or more counties and the associated cities have created a region consisting of all those entities, in which case a single payment will be made to the region.
Therefore, if the City wants to receive its allocation share independent of the County, we will need to notify the Attorney General’s Office of that decision prior to July 1. Similarly, if the City wants to participate in a joint effort with other governmental entities in addition to McKinley County, the Attorney General’s Office must be notified of that decision before July 1.
Approve notification to the NM Attorney General’s Office that the city wants to receive the Opioid Settlement Agreement funds directly and separately from county allocation.
- Fiscal Impact:
- None at this time. The agreement will result in additional revenue, but the exact amount is undetermined.
- See recommendation in the summary.
- Speaker's Name
- Debra L Martinez, Behavioral Health Manager and Jesus "Chuy" Morales, Gallup Fire Chief