Those Pennsylvanians recovering from opioid use disorder, and their families, will soon benefit from $5 million in grants from the state government, Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week.
“A key component to an individual’s sustained recovery is the right services and supports – whether that’s help finding and retaining a job or help incorporating family into the recovery process,” Wolf said.
That money will come from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, as part of a larger $55.9 million SAMSHA grant. Specifically, $3 million will be made available for organizations providing employment support services for those in recovery, while the remaining $2 million will go towards funding organizations that provide recovery support services.
“To date, we have significantly expanded access to treatment, and we are starting to shift our focus to the entire continuum of care, including career services and incorporating family members more into the recovery process,” Drug and Alcohol Programs Sec. Jennifer Smith said. “These grants will enable organizations to give individuals the necessary tools to succeed after treatment and empower their recovery.”
Of the $3 million for employment support, up to $200,000 in grant funding will be reserved for vocational assessments, resume writing, and transportation assistance. From the $2 million recovery support services money, up to $500,000 will be disbursed for items like recovery coaching through Certified Recovery Specialists, psychoeducational groups, and family mentoring.
All applications and summaries for grants will be due by Feb. 21, 2020.