CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Monday it has awarded than $20.8 million to nine drug addiction programs in West Virginia.
The funds come from the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund, which was created under a bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature in April to assist in the allocation of additional treatments beds in the state. It is named after Ryan Brown, who died at Charleston Town Center in April 2014 of overdosing on heroin.
The nine recipients were chosen from 23 applications:
— $3,000,000 to Living Free Ohio Valley in Wheeling, to provide a recovery program focused on underserved females;
— $3,000,000 to Mountaineer Behavioral Health in Martinsburg, to provide residential addiction treatment and step-down continuing outpatient care;
— $3,000,000 to St. Joseph Recovery Center in Parkersburg, to offer services to counties affected by risky substance use;
— $1,000,000 to Westbrook Health Services in Parkersburg, to provide a drug and alcohol-free residential, long-term treatment environment;
— $3,000,000 to Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown, to expand the number of short-term treatment beds and create long-term beds;
— $1,000,000 to West Virginia University Research Corporation of Morgantown, to open a residential treatment facility that would be part of Chestnut Ridge Center and WVU Medicine;
— $2,825,406 to Marshall University Physicians and Surgeons in Huntington, to provide trauma-informed residential treatment services for pregnant and post-partum women;
— $1,000,000 to WestCare West Virginia in Culloden, to develop a new treatment facility; and
— $2,999,927 Southern West Virginia Treatment through Recovery Continuum of Beckley, to expand the availability of treatment beds, as well as partner with existing programs to improve occupancy rates.