West Virginia to Receive More Resources to Fight Opioid Crisis

West Virginia Set to Receive Nearly $28 Million After Congress Directs Additional Funds to Hardest-Hit States

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Washington, June 26, 2018 | comments
Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) issued the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that West Virginia would be eligible to receive $27,910,443 through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response Grants. Previously, the state had only received $5.8 million from these grants. $4 billion in funding for opioids was included in the recent bipartisan spending deal, and efforts from McKinley, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV), and Congressman Evan Jenkins (WV-03) ensured that more of those resources were targeted to states like West Virginia that are the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic.
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Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) issued the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that West Virginia would be eligible to receive $27,910,443 through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response Grants. Previously, the state had only received $5.8 million from these grants. $4 billion in funding for opioids was included in the recent bipartisan spending deal, and efforts from McKinley, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV), and Congressman Evan Jenkins (WV-03) ensured that more of those resources were targeted to states like West Virginia that are the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic is ravaging rural America, and West Virginia is the epicenter. Earlier this year, Congress made the largest investment to date to combat this crisis, and we worked to ensure that West Virginia gets the money it deserves to fight this epidemic,” said McKinley.

“We have held dozens of roundtables with treatment providers, law enforcement and local experts to hear from those on the ground, and they all said the same thing: make sure the resources get to West Virginia. Our persistence in arguing for more funds to come to West Virginia worked, and thankfully SAMHSA listened, even coming out to the district to conduct a workshop on how to access the available grants,” McKinley added.

Click here to read more on West Virginia’s grant allocation.

Background
The bipartisan spending deal, signed into law by President Trump last week, provided additional resources to help states combat the opioid epidemic. This was the single largest investment into this crisis to date. The spending package:
• Allocated $4 billion total for FY18 to combat the opioid crisis on all four fronts: enforcement, treatment, education and prevention
o $1 billion in additional funding for State-Targeted Response (STR) grants, first authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act
 Provided a 15% set aside for states with the highest opioid use mortality rates and the Assistant Secretary is encouraged to apply a weighted formula within the set aside based on state ranking.
• Allocated $100 million for a Rural Communities Opioid Response program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), targeted to 220 of the highest risk counties in the country.
• Allocated $30 million for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response program within the Office of Rural Health policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
• Allocated $500 million within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research opioid addiction and develop alternatives to opioids, pain management and addiction treatment, an issue McKinley has been leading on and has introduced legislation to address.
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