August 29, 2018

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding for Community Drug Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1 million for West Virginia communities through the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. Funding will assist local organizations and coalitions in their efforts to prevent substance abuse among West Virginia’s youth.

“In order to effectively end the opioid epidemic in our state, we must prevent West Virginia’s next generation from developing substance use disorders. The road to recovery is long, but we will not reach the end if we don’t dedicate real resources to awareness and prevention. I’m happy this funding is coming to West Virginia to enable our local coalitions to continue their important work. I’m also proud that West Virginians from Jackson County were at the White House today participating in a roundtable with President Trump to shine a light on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia,” Senator Manchin said.  

“Along with keeping illegal drugs off our streets and ensuring those who seek out help are able to find treatment, preventing substance abuse in the first place is critical to halting the opioid epidemic and keeping our communities safe,” Senator Capito said. “During my time as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, I worked hard to ensure the ONDCP has the resources it needs to help local leaders implement innovative solutions to address the drug crisis. I am excited to see this funding come to our state, and I will continue to advocate for programs that help prevent drug abuse.”

“Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition is thrilled to hear we have been funded for our 10th year through the Drug Free Community Grants Program through the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” said Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition’s Amy Haskins, who attended a White House event today related to the DFC Support Program. “This grant funding has been instrumental in our coalition and community to reduce our prescription drug abuse rates among Jackson County youth. We look forward to continue to work with our community partners to make positive changes in our community.”

Individual awards listed below:

  • $125,000 to the Brooke Hancock Family Resources Network on behalf of the Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention coalition.
  • $125,000 to Community Connections on behalf of the Mercer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. This is the first time the coalition has been funded under the DFC Support Program.
  • $125,000 to the Jackson County Health Department on behalf of the Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition.
  • $125,000 to the Morgan County Partnership coalition.
  • $125,000 to the Regional Family Resources Network on behalf of the Putnam Wellness coalition.
  • $125,000 to the Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) coalition.
  • $125,000 to the United Way of the River Cities on behalf of the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership coalition.
  • $125,000 to Youth Services System, Inc. on behalf of the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition. 

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