June 15, 2018

Manchin Provision Ensures West Virginia Gets Fair Share of Opioids Funding

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured language to ensure that West Virginia is eligible for a total of $27,910,443 in federal funding through the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the form of State Opioid Response Grants, including $142.5 million set aside for the ten states – led by West Virginia – with the highest mortality rates related to drug poisoning deaths.

“West Virginia has the highest overdose rate per capita of any state in our nation and the impacts of this epidemic can be felt in every family, every community and every corner of our state. I am pleased to have secured a set aside for states like West Virginia where mortality rates are through the roof. This language more than tripled the amount of funding coming to our state, and I will continue to fight to ensure West Virginia is getting our fair share of funding to fight this epidemic,” Senator Manchin said.