West Virginia Receives More Than $28M In Federal Opioid Funding

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Washington, September 5, 2019 | comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that West Virginia would receive $28,027,511 as part of its State Opioid Response grants program. The funds will be used for prevention and treatment efforts in communities throughout the Mountain State.

"Over the last several years we've heard constantly from medical professionals, law enforcement, and others on the front lines of this crisis that we need more resources for treatment and prevention,” Rep. David B. McKinley said. “West Virginia is the epicenter of the opioid crisis, and until recently was not getting it's fair share of funding. I have worked to target federal resources to states that are particularly hard hit, like West Virginia. As a result, West Virginia has seen a five-fold increase in funding.”

The State Opioid Response grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provide flexible funding to state governments to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services in the ways that meet the needs of their state.

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.

  • 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.
  • McKinley led a delegation letter to the Apportions Committee urging them to maintain language that ensure 15% of SAMHSA’s State Opioid Respond Grants is set aside for states with the highest opioid mortality rate 
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