Gov. Northam applauds $1.1M from Appalachian Regional Commission to address substance abuse recovery

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Funding will support recovery programs and workforce re-entry in communities in the Appalachian region.

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Virginia will receive grants totaling more than $1.1 million through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) initiative for three projects in the Appalachian region of Virginia.

The initiative is focused on addressing substance abuse disorders in Appalachian communities by creating or expanding a recovery ecosystem that will help people get back into the workforce.

“As a doctor and as governor, I have seen the impact of the substance abuse crisis, which has significantly affected our entire Commonwealth. We need a focused, regional approach to reducing addiction and supporting recovery. The INSPIRE initiative will help build a more resilient and thriving Appalachia, and I am proud of the strong collaborative efforts of our regional partners throughout Appalachian Virginia to bring this federally supported program to their communities.”

Gov. Ralph Northam

The following projects will receive ARC INSPIRE Grants:

Community Recovery Program Expansion
  • Counties of Patrick and Henry and the City of Martinsville
    • Total funds: $498,961
    • This project will enable the Piedmont Regional Community Services Board to build upon its current recovery efforts by transitioning the vocational training program from an in-house service to a community-focused service where the Community Recovery Program (CRP) will offer services to community agencies and faith-based organizations. In exchange for the vocational training program providing janitorial and housekeeping services at these agencies, a fee or donation will be requested from the agency or organization receiving the service. This collaboration provides another opportunity for CRP participants to secure real work experience, build skills, and foster funding for the program to sustain the increase in staff.
Project Recovery
  • Counties of Alleghany and Craig and the City of Covington
    • Total funds: $300,000
    • This project will create a program to provide participants with one-on-one counseling and support, comprehensive assessments to determine needs, training and skill development, and employment placement. This project will also provide education and awareness to the business community on hiring individuals who have experienced substance abuse and how to provide the support needed for new and existing employees who may have been faced with these challenges. Project Recovery will capitalize on the services and organizations that are established to assist individuals with recovery-to-work and provide holistic, wraparound services to individuals affected by substance abuse with a focus on work readiness, employment, and training.
Project: Amelioration Phase II
  • County of Wise
    • Total funds: $371,000
    • This project will enable the Piedmont Regional Community Services Board to build upon its current recovery efforts by transitioning the vocational training program from an in-house service to a community-focused service where the Community Recovery Program (CRP) will offer services to community agencies and faith-based organizations. In exchange for the vocational training program providing janitorial and housekeeping services at these agencies, a fee or donation will be requested from the agency or organization receiving the service. This collaboration provides another opportunity for CRP participants to secure real work experience, build skills, and foster funding for the program to sustain the increase in staff.

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