The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) a $43.7 million State Opioid Response grant.
The two-year grant program funds state efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Funding can be used to develop tailored approaches to prevention, treatment, and recovery from opioid use disorders and to provide access to psychosocial services, community support, and medication to treat opioid-use disorders.
“I could not be more excited and thankful that we are receiving this much-needed funding for a cause that’s so important in my heart and the hearts of so many West Virginians,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “I’ve said over and over that we need to do everything in our power to help our people caught up in this horrible opioid crisis. These dollars are going to allow us to continue so much of the great work that’s going on across West Virginia, and it’s truly going to help make a difference in people’s lives.”
DHHR will use funding for the expansion of telehealth services; treatment for uninsured, underinsured, and incarcerated individuals; quick response teams; law enforcement assisted diversion; professional development; peer recovery support specialists; and access to naloxone, childcare services, transportation, and housing supports.