Donovan Announces Local Grants to Combat Opioid Abuse
Washington, DC – September 15, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced grant awards to two local community health centers for opioid abuse treatment, education, and prevention. The Community Health Center of Richmond and Beacon Christian Community Health Center will each receive $175,100 in grant funding allocated by Congress through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Congressman Donovan said, “Local, on-the-ground experts are best equipped to solve our opioid abuse epidemic – they just need the resources and tools to do so. That’s why these types of grants are so critical. I’m thrilled to see advocacy in Congress translate to local resources that can have such an impact on families struggling with addiction.”
“No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. said. “The Trump Administration is taking strong, decisive action to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. These grants from HRSA go directly to local organizations, which are best situated to address substance abuse and mental health issues in their own communities.”
Nationwide, HHS awarded $200 million to 1,178 health centers to support treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse at the primary care level. According to HRSA, health centers can use the grants to improve services by increasing personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.
Dr. Janet Kim, Chief Medical Officer at Beacon Christian Community Health Center, said, “With the tremendous need for more mental health and substance abuse services in Staten Island's North Shore communities, we are thankful for this additional funding awarded to our health center. This assistance will help us to provide a much-needed service for our patients as a part of Beacon Christian Community Health Center's whole-person care model, treating our community's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs."
Since coming to Congress, Donovan has consistently advocated for federal programs to support local treatment, education, and enforcement initiatives. Last year, the Donovan-backed 21st Century Cures Act became law, dedicating $1 billion in grants for local substance abuse programs. Earlier this year, Donovan supported a budget agreement that increases funding for opioid abuse initiatives by $650 million. Donovan also sponsored the Comprehensive Fentanyl Control Act, which increases penalties for fentanyl traffickers.