The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Ky., a $900,000 competitive grant.
The funds will be used, in coordination with the Northeast Kentucky Substance Use Response Coalition, for medication-assisted treatment services and to combat the growing rate of Hepatitis C infections in the region.
“St. Claire HealthCare is thrilled to receive this award on behalf of the Northeast Kentucky Substance Use Response Coalition, as it will allow us to expand prevention and treatment efforts across the region,” David A. Gross, St. Claire’s administrative director for education and research, who will co-direct the project, said. “Sen. (Mitch) McConnell’s support was instrumental to St. Claire and the Coalition being selected for this funding, and we look forward to continued collaborations with his office in our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”
McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate majority leader, had contacted HRSA on behalf of his constituents’ grant application.
In 2018, there was a 5 percent drop in drug overdose deaths nationwide for the first time since 1990, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In Kentucky, the number of deaths fell by nearly 15 percent, the largest drop in more than a decade.