REP. JENKINS: SUPPORTING DRUG TREATMENT, MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) voted this week to provide billions of dollars for drug treatment, drug courts, mental health care, prescription drug monitoring, and drug diversion programs.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jenkins fought to make sure the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill included funding to address the drug crisis ravaging our state and nation. President Trump signed the bill into law Friday afternoon.
“Nearly every family and community in West Virginia have been touched by the drug crisis. In order to stop the spread of drug addiction, we must ensure programs are available to help get people into treatment and on the path to recovery. This bill provides billions of dollars for treatment programs, mental health services, prevention programs, and drug courts – programs that work. I will continue to support funding for drug initiatives that are making a difference in West Virginia,” Rep. Jenkins said.
The funding bill includes:
- $2.13 billion for substance abuse treatment through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- $541 million for mental health block grants.
- $112 million for prevention and treatment of opioid prescription drug overdoses.
- $103 million for the opioid initiatives in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which includes the following programs:
- $43 million for drug courts.
- $14 million for residential substance abuse treatment.
- $14 million for prescription drug monitoring programs.
- $97 million for the Drug-Free Communities Program.
- At least $50 million for treatment, prevention and awareness of opioid abuse.