Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently unveiled a statewide plan to fight the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia by dedicating $7.5 million for establishment and expansion of regional substance abuse support services.
The governor made the announcement at Turning Pointe for Families, a drug treatment center for mothers in Beckley.
"We need more prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery programs in all four corners of the state in order to fight the substance abuse epidemic," Tomblin said. "By continuing to invest in services to combat and treat substance abuse, we are making it easier to access help - especially for our young people and women. I am appreciative of the Legislature's support, as well as that of more than 1,700 West Virginians who have worked with my task forces and advisory council to develop this plan."
Earlier this year, the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and six regional task forces advised funding local, regional and statewide service programs as part of a plan to address drug abuse in West Virginia.
The funding recommendations include establishing and expanding the following services in the following local areas:
Region 2: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment services; a Women's Treatment and Recovery Facility in the Potomac Highlands area. Region Two serves Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral, Hampshire, Grant, Hardy and Pendleton counties.
Region 4: SBIRT services in the Randolph, Braxton and Harrison Region; Intensive Outpatient Treatment in Randolph/Tucker; two recovery coaches in each of the counties (26 total). Region Four serves Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Taylor, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur and Randolph counties.
Region 6: Detoxification and Stabilization Unit; SBIRT services. Region Six serves Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties.
In the coming months, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will solicit bids to establish and expand such services in certain regions of the state.