Pennsylvania governor announces $1M to help veterans with opioid addiction

Pennsylvania governor announces $1M to help veterans with opioid addiction

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week a $1 million grant for supportive services to veterans suffering from opioid substance use disorder and their families.

The grant is a portion of a more extensive $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant aimed at helping the state respond to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

“Statistics show that veterans across the commonwealth are suffering from substance use disorder at an alarming rate,” Jen Smith, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs secretary, said. “Because of this, we must ensure that treatment services and recovery supports are available specifically to serve this population. These grants will allow a wide variety of services to veterans and their families and give veterans the necessary tools to succeed even after treatment and into their recovery.”

Funding was distributed to seven treatment facilities throughout the state. They include Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia County, $416,500, for recovery support peer specialists; Just for Today Recovery and Veterans Support Services in Cumberland County, $333,500, for expanding existing services and add new services; Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard in Allegheny County, $100,000, for implementation of an opioid response program; and Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County, $50,000, for case management, assessments, and family service plans.

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