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West Virginia to get $6.2M for opioid fight


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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia has been awarded $6.2 million in federal funds for its fight against the opioid crisis, officials said Tuesday.

The funds –awarded by the The Department of Justice — will go to programs authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Additional funding is to be used for state law enforcement data collection and storage, support services for sexual assault victims and improve outcomes for the inmate population, official said.

A part of funding award, Berkeley County will receive $298,458 through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based program.

“Because of that bill, we have new tools to respond to the drug crisis and improve the safety and well-being of West Virginians,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. “This announcement and the funding that will follow shows our communities that they are not alone in this fight.”

“As we know all too well in West Virginia, the damaging effects of substance abuse not only impacts our families and friends, but our communities,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

“Drug Courts in particular continue to prove their worth as an effective investment of federal dollars that help drug-addicted individuals avoid incarceration, reduce their risk of recidivism, and improve public safety and health.”

Other DOJ awards are as follows:

West Virginia Supreme Court:

* $1,415,400 through the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services:

* $900,000 through the Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program

* $859,140 through the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

* $750,000 through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (authorized by CARA)

* $365,591 through the Sexual Assault Services Program

* $147,387 through the State Justice Statistics Program

* $99,399 through the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program

* $45,793 through the Prison Rape Elimination Act


* $650,000 through the Second Chance Act Reentry Program

* $300,000 through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (authorized by CARA)

Logan County Commission

* $399,123 through the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (authorized by CARA)

Staff writer Jim McConville can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 215, or Twitter@jmcconvilleJN.

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