West Virginia gets funds for mental health, substance-abuse treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAP) - United States Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announce Thursday that over $100,000 will be going to the state to support mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

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West Virginia University has been granted about $130,000 by the Department of Health and Human Services. West Virginia has long been ground zero of the opioid epidemic and now ground zero for recovery efforts.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals are often on the front lines confronting substance abuse, and other mental health issues.
The senators say this funding will help train the next generation of nurse practitioners, so they are able to better serve addicted populations.

The two senators are from opposite political parties.
Both are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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