West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced over $1.5 million in grants to expand substance abuse treatment services in the state on February 29. Eight counties received grants to increase existing services, and twelve counties are now funded to establish services. The governor believes substance abuse is a major problem in West Virginia and should be a top priority.
Logan Mingo Area Mental Health, serving Logan and Mingo Counties, received one of the grants for over $160,000. The funds will be used for a variety of both residential and outpatient programs. One new program is called BOUNDLESS and is aimed at those who face felony charges or have a past felony, in an effort to discourage repeat incarceration. Other new programs will include a 28-day residential men's program and an intensive program for abusers who also struggle with mental illness.
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