WV Receives More Than $2M to Improve Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

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Washington, September 18, 2019 | comments
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that West Virginia will be one of 15 states to receive a grant to increase the treatment capacity of Medicaid providers and to provide better treatment for substance use disorder (SUD).

The West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services will receive $2,204,124 in federal funding to do an assessment of West Virginia's SUD treatment needs. This funding will go toward training, and technical assistance for Medicaid providers, and research into the need for improved reimbursement for Medicaid providers.

 “West Virginia is the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, yet all too often we hear that due to lack of treatment facilities many people are unable to get the help they need,” said McKinley. “We must increase access to treatment for those suffering from addiction and educate doctors and other healthcare providers on the best way to treat addiction. Our office will continue to push to ensure that West Virginia gets its fair share of funding.”

The planning grants awards are part of CMS’s implementation of the Substance-Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The funding represents a key aspect of efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. 

This most recent funding comes just weeks after West Virginia received more than $28 million as part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services State Opioid Response grants.

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 

McKinley was a vocal supporter of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act which was signed into law on October 3, 2018. 


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