Drug, alcohol commission gets $1 million grant
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has announced a $1 million grant to the Shelocta-based Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission to help further implement a tri-county Rural Communities Opioid Response program.
The grant, announced Thursday through the office of U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, will help the commission with the second phase of an Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team program started in 2015 with a $150,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
It is a new aspect of the commission’s state-designated role as “single county authority” facilitating the provision of a comprehensive and balanced system of quality substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services for Armstrong, Indiana and Clarion counties.
“These funds will ensure the region will have substance abuse prevention, appropriate intervention and treatment services, especially when it comes to combating the opioid crisis affecting our communities,” Thompson said in a news release.
AICDAC Executive Director Kami Anderson said it will help “provide access to substance abuse treatment and recovery support on a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week basis” at Indiana Regional Medical Center, ACMH Hospital near Kittanning and Clarion Hospital.
That access includes case managers and certified recovery specialists in three area hospitals, a 24/7 warm-line, expanded distribution of naloxone, as well as the development of an anti-stigma campaign.
“The commission will continue its work with county overdose task forces which are committed to reducing and eliminating the number of fatal opioid overdoses in the three-county area,” Anderson added.