Rep. Trone announces $60k for Brooke’s House fight against opioid epidemic

Rep. Trone announces $60k for Brooke’s House fight against opioid epidemic

A Maryland sober living facility will get $60,000 to continue their fight against substance use disorder, officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-MD) said that Brooke’s House in Hagerstown will receive the funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission. Brooke’s House provides a sober living environment for women recovering from alcohol addiction or substance use disorder. Money from the commission will support the House’s operations and help residents access employment and educational opportunities, said Kevin Simmers, the House’s founder.

“Brooke’s House thanks the ARC and Congressman David Trone for supporting our ladies who are in recovery from substance use disorder,” Simmers said. “The ARC grant will enable Brookes House to expand job training and greatly increase our ladies’ chances of finding lifetime sobriety and success. Congressman Trone has supported Brooke’s House from the very beginning. Congressman Trone has maintained unwavering support for individuals suffering from substance use disorder.”

Brooke’s House was founded in 2019 to provide women in Western Maryland with a stable place to stay while they recover and transition back into society. The house was named after Brooke Simmers, who died due to her opioid addiction in 2015.

“I’ve had the honor of working closely with Kevin Simmers and the Brooke’s House family since the beginning, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the impact they’ve made on the lives of their residents and community,” Trone said. “This funding will allow Brooke’s House to continue its excellent work and support more women in their recovery. I look forward to continuing to work together to change lives and ending the opioid crisis once and for all.”

Trone was recently appointed to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Elected to office in 2018, Trone founded the Freshman Working Group on Addiction, a bipartisan group of 64 freshmen Congressmen dedicated to ending the addiction epidemic in the country.