HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) will award $2.1 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to enhance community recovery supports for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD).
The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.
“These grants will be a source to expand and enhance the lives of the many people in recovery in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “By allocating resources to local organizations we know that funds will be dedicated to local needs and local residents, enhancing their lives and aiding in their successful recovery from substance use disorder.”
The funding will be directed to five organizations through grant agreements up to $500,000. Awardees are a combination of Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) expanding existing services and developing new programs with the funding. Services may include hiring additional Certified Recovery Specialists, telephonic supports, education and employment training, life-skills coaching, and delivery of community-based, substance-free social activities.
|RASE Project||Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York|
|Just for Today Recovery||Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, York|
|New Roots, Inc.||Luzerne|
|Sage’s Army, Inc.||Westmoreland|
“To date, a primary focus of the Wolf Administration has been keeping individuals alive in the midst of the opioid epidemic,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “Although we are still seeing far too many deaths, the department is beginning to shift our thinking to strengthen the wrap around supports individuals need to stay in recovery once leaving treatment. Without a strong community recovery network, we are not giving individuals newly in recovery the best opportunity to succeed. This funding will allow organizations to expand recovery services in creative ways that best support their community members.”
During Gov. Wolf’s second term, DDAP will place a heavy focus on reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder, intensifying primary prevention efforts, strengthening treatment systems, and empowering sustained recovery. The aim of these efforts will be to positively influence the knowledge and behavior around the disease of addiction.
“The department recognizes the lack of recovery support programs here in Pennsylvania and is excited to see the impact these grantees make in their communities,” said Secretary Smith.
For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.
Source: Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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