The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $457,627 to three West Virginia organizations through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.
The organizations will use the funding to support Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome recovery.
The Logan County Commission received $122,111, Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center received $166,666, and WV Perinatal Partnership received $168,850.
“We hear heartbreaking stories every day about the tragic deaths and painful struggles of individuals dealing with addiction, but some of the most heartbreaking are those of infants who are exposed to opioids before they are even born,” U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said. “As we have seen the level of substance abuse in our state rise during COVID-19, we must be there for each other and offer help to our neighbors who are struggling. This is truly an unprecedented and difficult time, and I will continue to fight for the support we need back home to curb the addiction crisis.”
“These awards will provide communities across the state with help as they support our fellow West Virginians in their time of need and work to limit Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in our state.” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said.
Capito and Manchin are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.