Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Secretary Jennifer Smith recently toured the Lehigh County Jail in conjunction with the allocation of funds supporting the opioid Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program.
More than $1.2 million in grants has been earmarked for nine jails to increase opioid use disorder (OUD) services to inmates in prisons and jails throughout the commonwealth. Lehigh County received approximately $116,700.
“It is our job to filter funding and resources to local communities to ensure individuals with OUD are being treated appropriately,” Smith said. “Expanding access to evidence-based MAT services has been a primary goal of the Wolf Administration in battling the opioid crisis, especially for priority populations like individuals incarcerated. If we do not appropriately treat their disease while incarcerated, we cannot expect them to sustain recovery upon reentry.”
The Lehigh County funding allotment is part of the $55.9 million Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Association (SAMSHA) grant. Throughout the grant, participants will be invited to share in state-of-the-art learning collaborative with both in-person and webinar components organized every month.
“We look forward to seeing the impact this funding will make in the Lehigh community and the other eight locations across the commonwealth,” Smith said.