(LOOTPRESSS) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $4,404,303 in awards to rural communities in West Virginia to support key strategies to respond to the overdose risk from fentanyl and other opioids. These awards help advance President Biden’s commitment to beat the opioid epidemic as part of his Unity Agenda for the nation.
Across the country, more than 100,000 people die each year from overdose. Individuals who call rural communities home and who are experiencing opioid use disorder – including from fentanyl, heroin or other opioids – can face challenges in accessing treatment and recovery services. Geographic isolation and transportation barriers can make finding treatment particularly challenging and limited mental health and substance use disorder health care providers in the community can further complicate access. The stigmatization of substance use disorder and its treatments are additional barriers to access. HRSA’s funding is targeted to helping communities address these critical needs and expand access to services.
“Far too many rural families have faced the devastation of overdose, and these deaths are felt deeply across rural communities — where often everyone knows someone lost too soon,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “At the Health Resources and Services Administration, we know that funding based on population size or other broad-based rubrics can miss the vital treatment and response needs of rural communities. That’s why the investments we are announcing today are targeted to rural communities and tailored to the unique challenges of helping rural health care leaders expand access to treatment and build recovery pathways to prevent overdose.”
Today’s announcement includes the following investments in West Virginia:
- Expanding Access to Medication to Treat Opioid Use Disorder: $2,000,000 will support two awards to rural communities to establish treatment sites for individuals to access medications to treat opioid use disorder. The use of medication to manage opioid use disorder is the standard of care, but not always readily available.
- Preventing and Addressing Neonatal Exposure: $2,404,303 will support five awards to develop and implement interventions in rural communities to prevent, treat and care for opioid exposed infants by focusing on systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health.
|Marshall University Research Corporation||Huntington||Expanding Access to Medication to Treat Opioid Use Disorder||$1,000,000|
|West Virginia School Of Osteopathic Medicine Clinic, Inc.||Lewisburg||Expanding Access to Medication to Treat Opioid Use Disorder||$1,000,000|
|Community Care Of West Virginia, Inc.||Rock Cave||Preventing and Addressing Neonatal Exposure||$500,000|
|Logan County Commission||Logan||Preventing and Addressing Neonatal Exposure||$404,805|
|Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center, Inc.||Princeton||Preventing and Addressing Neonatal Exposure||$500,000|
|WV Perinatal Partnership Inc.||Charleston||Preventing and Addressing Neonatal Exposure||$499,498|
|West Virginia University Research Corporation||Morgantown||Preventing and Addressing Neonatal Exposure||$500,000|