Sens. McConnell, Rogers announce $2.6M addiction treatment grant for VOA

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced an Eastern Kentucky social services agency had been awarded a $2.6 million grant to provide drug addiction treatment and recovery services at Volunteers of America Mid-States (VOA) in Clay County.

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) would help mothers and families maintain long-term recovery, the congressmen said.

“As Kentucky battles the coronavirus pandemic, I’m proud of wonderful leaders like Jennifer Hancock and her team who keep focus on saving lives from the scourge of addiction and substance abuse,” McConnell said. “It was my privilege once again to partner with VOA and champions for Eastern Kentucky, Congressman Hal Rogers and Senate President Robert Stivers, to bring these federal funds to Clay County. As Senate Majority Leader, I’m constantly working to ensure Kentucky punches above its weight in Washington, and I was glad to help VOA receive this prestigious national grant award.”

The VOA will use the grant to fund treatment and recovery services for pregnant and postpartum women. In partnership with the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, the VOA estimates it will be able to serve 1,250 individuals and their families over the five years.

“Volunteers of America Mid-States is honored and humbled to be one of three recipients nationally of this much-needed grant funding,” said Jennifer Hancock, CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States. “We are very thankful for this investment and are particularly appreciative of the support of Leader McConnell. Leader McConnell has worked tirelessly to respond to our opioid and substance use disorder crisis and drive essential funding to Southeastern Kentucky. The pregnant and parenting women of this region will benefit from this grant and the dedication of Leader McConnell. VOA looks forward to expanding our work and commitment to Southeastern Kentucky.”

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