ICYMI: McKinley Hosts Morgantown Opioid Grant Workshop

Federal Agency Gives Presentations on Accessing Federal Grant Funding

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Washington, June 1, 2018 | comments
Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) hosted an opioid grant workshop in Morgantown with representatives from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The grant workshop, which was attended by over 120 representatives from all 20 counties in the First District, the Governor’s Office and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, provided information on how to access federal grants to help combat the opioid crisis. SAMHSA usually gives their grant workshops via online presentations, but McKinley arranged for them to come to Morgantown and give it in person.
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Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) hosted an opioid grant workshop in Morgantown with representatives from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The grant workshop, which was attended by over 120 representatives from all 20 counties in the First District, the Governor’s Office and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, provided information on how to access federal grants to help combat the opioid crisis. SAMHSA usually gives their grant workshops via online presentations, but McKinley arranged for them to come to Morgantown and give it in person.

“Our office has participated in over 50 round table discussions on opioids, and the number one concern we heard was that small localities lack the resources to apply for, and obtain, the federal grants that are available. We heard these concerns and arranged to have representatives from the federal government come to West Virginia and provide resources,” said McKinley.

“As the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, it’s critical that West Virginia receive its fair share of resources. This workshop was attended by representatives from all 20 counties in the First District and will help our communities benefit from the nearly $4 billion in opioid funding that Congress passed earlier this year,” McKinley said.

“We thank SAMHSA for coming to Morgantown to give this critical presentation on the nuts and bolts of putting together a strong grant application. It demonstrates their commitment to equipping West Virginia to fight back against the scourge of the opioid epidemic,” McKinley added.

What they’re saying about McKinley’s opioid grant workshop:

WVU hosts Opioid Grant Workshop: The Dominion Post
“The workshop is the latest in McKinley’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid crisis. He sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which, earlier this month, passed 57 opioid-related bills, including two by McKinley: the Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms (POWER) Act, which deals with helping steer overdose patients to support and treatment after their ER admission; and the Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department (ALTO) Act, which deals with offering alternative pain treatments.”

McKinley, others work to obtain grant funding to fight opioid epidemic: WV Metro News
“Roger Moore, branch chief of SAMHSA’s Division of Grants Management, said making that inaugural event happen in West Virginia was an easy choice of location.

“Coming out to West Virginia, our hope is one, to increase more organizations from West Virginia to apply for federal funding; two, to help more West Virginians get successfully funded applications, not only applying but to actually be funded; and three, to see how we can improve our guidance to the communities, what we can do to help obtain and receive more applications from West Virginia,” George said.”

Workshop aims to help combat opioid crisis: Times West Virginian
“McKinley said that as a state, West Virginia has not been aggressive in pursuing grants to help combat the opioid problem. He said that statistically, New Hampshire, the state with the second largest opioid problem, gets 25 percent more money than West Virginia, which has 50 percent more population in comparison.

“If you do the math, something is wrong with this picture,” McKinley said. “They’ve done a better job at applying, so we are trying to get down to the basics. We are focusing on 20 counties in my district. Let’s do a better job applying for grants and increase the competitiveness because each of these grants, the funds could go to California, Iowa, or Illinois. We have to find a way to make it attractive for them to want to put the money in West Virginia.””

Congressman David McKinley organizes opioid workshop: WBOY
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