West Virginia Receives More Than $9M In Federal Opioid Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia will receive more than $9 million in federal funding to help address the opioid crisis. The recently announced funds will be used for prevention and treatment efforts in communities in the First District.

“We can’t solve this problem overnight, but this funding will help West Virginia respond to this crisis. We must do everything possible to help people in need to recover and stop the flood of opioids and other drugs into our communities,” Rep. McKinley said. “The opioid epidemic is a national emergency that is devastating families and communities. That’s why we have taken action to provide more resources to fight the crisis and adopt policies that help improve access to treatment, improve prevention, and prioritize aid to the states struggling the most. Thanks to this push West Virginia has seen a five-fold increase in grant funding.”

Last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $2 million in grants for opioid prevention and treatment throughout West Virginia’s First District. The funding will be used to improve access to technology, enhance security of patient information and improve patient care quality.

The grants include $1 million for West Virginia University Research Corporation and $1 million to Community Care of West Virginia, Inc., these funds will be used for prevention and treatment efforts in rural communities across West Virginia.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive an additional $7,357,338 to increase support to prevent opioid-related overdoses, and deaths.

Background

McKinley has been a leading advocate for increasing funding as well as attracting more research money to West Virginia. West Virginia has seen a five-fold increase in the amount of federal funding to fight the opioid crisis.

  • Since 2012, McKinley has been the leader of an annual bipartisan letter to House Appropriators urging additional funding for NIH.
  • During that time, NIH’s budget has increased from $30 billion to $39 billion.
  • McKinley has hosted grant workshops with NIH
  • McKinley has brought the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Morgantown to hold a grant workshop.
  • More than 150 people from all 20 counties in the First District attended.
  • Thanks to his work, West Virginia has received a five-fold increase in grant funding targeting the opioid crisis.

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