Pennsylvania county receives grant to fight substance abuse

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The Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative recently awarded a $917,368 grant to Fayette County, Pa.

Funding will be used for the county’s Recovery to Reemployment remote monitoring program. The program provides daily patient monitoring and support services to fight substance abuse. The grant will allow the program to provide services to more than 400 residents.

“The ability to do consistent, 24-hour monitoring, coupled with immediate notification when issues arise, is so important to success with these treatment programs,” David Lohr, Fayette County commissioner, said. “We have also had issues with access to care and treatment because of the rural nature of our county, so increasing remote access is absolutely a “win-win!” Across the board, we are being pro-active in fighting addiction, and we’re making great strides. This is one more tool in our toolkit and an invaluable tool at that.”

The ARC POWER Initiative’s primary goal is to assist communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries resulting from changing economics in America’s energy production.

Since 2015, ARC has provided more than $238 million in funding to 293 projects in 353 Appalachian counties.

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