September 24, 2018

Warner & Kaine Announce Va. Will Receive More Than $6 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis

~ Funds will help Va. communities respond to opioid epidemic through substance abuse and mental health services, expand access in rural areas ~ 

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that Virginia will receive $6,349,505 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic. The funds will help Virginia communities combat this crisis by expanding access to quality substance use disorder and mental health services, including in rural populations.

 “Communities across the Commonwealth have been devastated by the epidemic of opioid abuse that continues to spread across the country,” said the Senators. “These funds will help Virginia stem the alarming rise in overdose deaths and increase prevention and treatment efforts that will help save lives.”

The opioid epidemic has devastated many communities across Virginia. In 2017, the Virginia Department of Health estimated that 1,445 people died in Virginia as a result of a fentanyl, heroin, or prescription opioid overdose. Fatal drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in Virginia, surpassing car accidents and gun violence.

Last week, the Senators voted in support of a funding bill that provides approximately $5.7 billion to respond to the opioid crisis by developing non-opioid pain medication, and behavioral health workforce training. Sens. Warner and Kaine also celebrated the passage of a comprehensive opioid substance abuse bill that included their own previously introduced legislation.

The full list of grant awardees is below:

GRANTEE

CITY 

TOTAL 

Neighborhood Health

Alexandria

$285,000

Urban Strategies LLC

Arlington

$200,000

Blue Ridge Medical Center Inc.

Arrington

$285,000

One Care Of Southwest Virginia, Inc.             

Cedar Bluff

$200,000

Free Clinic Of The New River Valley Inc.

Christiansburg

$285,000

Piedmont Access To Health Services Inc.

Danville

$285,000

Clinch River Health Services, Inc.

Dungannon

$210,000

Harrisonburg Community Health Center, Inc.

Harrisonburg

$285,000

St Charles Health Council Inc.

Jonesville

$329,250

Tri-Area Community Health

Laurel Fork

$285,000

Rockbridge Area Free Clinic

Lexington

$257,371

Johnson Health Center

Madison Heights

$285,000

Martinsville Henry County Coalition For Health And Wellness

Martinsville

$217,644

Highland Medical Center

Monterey

$224,500

Central Virginia Health Services, Inc.

New Canton

$206,750

Peninsula Institute For Community Health, Inc.

Newport News

$285,000

Portsmouth Community Health Center, Inc.

Portsmouth

$285,000

Daily Planet Inc.

Richmond

$297,500

Richmond, City Of

Richmond

$285,000

Kuumba Community Health & Wellness Center, Inc.

Roanoke

$186,133

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc.

Saltville

$237,773

Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance

Tappahannock

$200,000

Greater Prince William Area Community Health Center, Inc.

Woodbridge

$285,000

Virginia Department of Health

Richmond

$200,000

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