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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, Wednesday announced Federal funding has been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to The Healing Place in Huntington to expand substance abuse residential recovery services and establish a region-wide training program for peer mentoring.

“The drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia and across America must end. Every day, lives are lost, families are torn apart and communities are devastated because of this serious illness that is ravaging our country. For those who are severely struggling to overcome addiction, it is important to provide mental health services necessary to make a full recovery so that they can get back on their feet and live long, healthy lives with their families. I am glad that Healing Place of Huntington will be receiving these funds,” Manchin said.

“The Healing Place is helping to find solutions to assist individuals, families, and whole communities fight back against drug and alcohol addiction, and I am pleased to have supported this funding," said Rahall, who is a co-chairman of the Congressional Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus. “Expanding access to such treatment facilities is essential in addressing substance abuse, and I will continue pressing the Congress for the Federal resources necessary in that regard.”

“In West Virginia we’ve seen too many individuals and families suffer from the heartbreaking effects of prescription drug abuse,” said Rockefeller. “Community organizations like Healing Place of Huntington give people who are struggling with this addiction access to a critical lifeline, through guidance and treatment, that can help them chart a path beyond addiction. I will continue pushing for this important program until we've found a way to completely solve the prescription drug abuse problem in West Virginia.”

“The drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia and across America must end. Every day, lives are lost, families are torn apart and communities are devastated because of this serious illness that is ravaging our country. For those who are severely struggling to overcome addiction, it is important to provide mental health services necessary to make a full recovery so that they can get back on their feet and live long, healthy lives with their families. I am glad that Healing Place of Huntington will be receiving these funds,” Manchin said.

The Healing Place, a nonprofit, peer-to-peer recovering community organization, will receive a $250,000 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Grant from the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to expand its residential recovery services to serve an unduplicated total of 271 individuals.

The expansion will increase statewide capacity of substance abuse recovery service residential beds available by 54, and provide a total of 100 Healing Place beds by the second year. The organization will also provide Peer Mentor Specialist training to 25 men and 25 women who, through collaboration with other residential treatment programs in the state, will be employed to provide recovery support services to individuals leaving other treatment programs.

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