Opioids written in chalk on blackboard with crushed powder, spoon, syring and prescription vial. karenfoleyphotography/ThinkstockPhotos

USDA invests $10.7 million to support opioid treatment

Money will go to 85 projects in 22 states to support opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.

USDA is partnering with rural communities in 22 states to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery. USDA is investing $10.7 million in 85 projects through the Community Facilities program.

“With its impact on workforce, quality of life and the economic vitality of rural communities from Maine to California, the opioid epidemic is more than just a matter of public health – it is an issue of rural prosperity,” said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. 

Some of the projects USDA is supporting:

  • In Newport, Ark., the White River Women’s Shelter is receiving a $150,000 grant to convert the former Jackson County Jail into a shelter for people recovering from opioid misuse. It has partnered with Families, Inc. to provide substance abuse counseling for all ages on an individual, couple, family and group basis. It will primarily serve residents in Jackson County.
  • In Roodhouse, Ill., the Jersey Community Hospital District is receiving a $150,000 grant to purchase and renovate a building that will house the rural health clinic. The facility will provide treatment, counseling, education and outreach to combat the opioid crisis in Roodhouse and White Hall. The proposed facility will help provide prevention, treatment and recovery for the area’s 4,300 residents.
  • In Wellsboro, Pa., Harbor Counseling is receiving a $130,600 loan and a $70,200 grant to renovate a facility that will be used for transitional housing for clients receiving substance misuse treatment. Harbor Counseling offers assessment, treatment and recovery for individuals and families dealing with substance misuse and mental health issues. It also provides community education and community support. 

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov

Source: USDA

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