Members of the Volunteers of America Mid-State met with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) last week to discuss their work battling substance abuse, and the Congressman’s help in getting federal funding for recovering addicts.
The Volunteers of America operates several recovery centers throughout Kentucky to help those with addiction issues. Members of the group updated McConnell on the residential addiction recovery center in Louisville, as well as a new facility that recently opened in Clay County to help mothers working towards long-term recovery.
McConnell helped Kentucky receive more than $1.1 million in money from the U. S. Department of House and Urban Development to develop a pilot program that provides transitional housing for those with substance abuse issues. The program is part of his bill, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery through Effective Employment and Reentry (CAREER) Act.
“Kentucky sadly remains at the center of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic, but it’s also the home to leaders of our comprehensive response, like Jennifer Hancock. I’m so grateful for her leadership at Volunteers of America, helping mothers, children, and our veterans maintain their long-term recovery,” McConnell said. “As Senate Majority Leader, I’ve mobilized the federal government into action to address this crisis by injecting more than $240 million into Kentucky’s fight.”
VOA officials praised McConnell for bringing Kentucky to the attention of federal officials in charge of coordinating the federal response to substance abuse disorders.
As we continue to address substance use disorder, we have no stronger ally than Senator Mitch McConnell. He has been by our side every step of the way, and his consequential leadership has produced results for moms, babies, and communities across Kentucky,” said Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States. “Senator McConnell continues to bring national attention and critical federal resources to our state. We’re so grateful for his constant support and for the opportunity to update him on this vital issue. We absolutely could not do so much for so many without his leadership.”