CHARLESTON — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced four grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support first responders and address substance use disorder treatment, prevention and mental health needs.
“We must continue to provide our communities in West Virginia with the resources they need to offer innovative, community-based solutions that promote mental health services, treat those in recovery, and prevent individuals from turning to substance abuse in the first place,” Senator Capito said. “This funding announced today is a critical part of our efforts to curb this devastating disease and I am confident that it will help create healthier and safer communities in West Virginia.”
“I’m pleased HHS is investing more than $1.6 million in these four critical programs to bolster mental health services, increase access to treatment for substance use disorder and support first responders across West Virginia. I supported both the City of Huntington and Clay County applications and look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this critical funding. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for funding to expand access to mental health and substance use disorder services and support medical professionals across the Mountain State,” Senator Manchin said.
Individual awards are included below:
• $790,000 (West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources): Police and Peers
• $499,947 (City of Huntington, W.Va.): Training Responders to Assess, Initiate and Navigate (TRAIN)
• $200,000 (Morgan County Rescue Service): Morgan County Rescue Service Rural Recruitment Retention and Training Initiative
• $136,166 (Clay County, W.Va.): Clay County Ambulance Service Training Grant