Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a nearly $2.75 million grant to Beaver County.
The grant will help Beaver County implement its Pathway to Wellness program, which is dedicated to taking on drug abuse by focusing on early intervention, engagement, treatment and recovery supports for adolescents, transitional aged youth, and their families. The grant will be paid out over five years.
Both Senator Toomey and Senator Casey supported Beaver County's grant application.
"The scourge of opioid abuse and drug addiction has spared no corner of Pennsylvania. This is especially true for Beaver County where overdose deaths have become far too common," said Senator Toomey. "I am pleased that HHS is supporting Beaver County in its efforts to help young people who are at risk and their families."
"This grant will do a great deal to help Beaver County in its efforts in dealing with substance abuse and mental health related issues," said Senator Casey. "I was pleased to support this effort but we must do more to help Pennsylvanians in this fight. Congratulations to Beaver County Behavioral Health on this award."
Beaver County was ranked in the top 20 (top one percent) nationally for opioid overdose deaths in 2016. The awarded funds will be used to enhance Beaver County's comprehensive system of care by focusing on early intervention, engagement, treatment and recovery supports for adolescents, transitional aged youth (aged 12-25) and their families/primary caregivers with substance abuse disorders and or/co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The grant being awarded to Beaver County is the Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families Grant.