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Roe Applauds Funding to First District in Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis

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Johnson City, September 19, 2018 | comments

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they will be awarding over $1 billion in additional grant funding through its various agencies to help combat the opioid crisis:

“Decisive action is what we needed, and decisive action is what we received. This HHS grant funding will greatly benefit treatment and prevention organizations in areas where the opioid crisis has destroyed countless lives – especially East Tennessee. Opioid addiction disproportionately affects rural areas like the First District, and I’m pleased the Trump administration made fighting this epidemic such a high priority. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will receive over $18 million, and over $1.2 million dollars of that funding will be going to organizations across the First District. Opioid abuse is a serious threat to our country, and I am pleased to see this aggressive step taken to further combat this epidemic.”

Note: On March 22, 2018, Rep. Phil Roe voted in favor of H.R. 1625, Vehicle for Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018. This bill included $4 billion to fight the opioid epidemic.  

The HHS funding includes: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $930 million; the Heath Resources and Services Administration, $396 million; and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $194 million. In Tennessee, $30.8 million will be awarded from these grants to fight the opioid crisis. In the First District, organizations set to receive funding include: Mountain States Health Alliance, $200,000; Summit Foundation, $200,000; East Tennessee State University, $183,758; Cherokee Health Systems, $333,750; and Rural Health Services Consortium, Inc., $285,000.

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