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Substance abuse grants awarded

Huntington County’s Substance Abuse Response Fund is distributing its first round of grants totaling $173,255 to seven agencies that serve Huntington County. The fund is a partnership created by the County Commissioners, City of Huntington, Town of Warren, County Health Department, Community Foundation and local supporters. The recipients were selected by a committee of individuals representing local government, law enforcement, health services and the recovery community. Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.  With this prevention/education grant, the Boys & Girls Club will expand their evidence-based Botvin Lifeskills program for their second to fifth grade students. The goals of the program are to reduce substance abuse and build effective coping skills. Community Care of Northeast Indiana.  Community Care will receive a treatment/recovery grant for their Grace & Mercy transitional housing program that provides a safe place for women recovering from substance abuse. The program will focus on recovery supports and decreasing recidivism in the court system. Harmony Home.  Harmony Home received a capacity-building grant designed to strengthen their organization as they deem fit.   Huntington United Against Overdose.  Huntington United will receive funding for a 12-week structured Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) course that will be available to youth and adults at no charge. The overall goal of the MRT course will be to reduce overdose deaths in Huntington County. New Life Ministries.  New Life Ministries also received a capacity-building grant designed to  strengthen their organization as they deem fit.   Place of Grace.  As a treatment/recovery grant recipient, Place of Grace can quicken their plans of offering transitional and sober living programs for residents/graduates of their initial program. The grant strives to increase transitional housing bed capacity in Huntington County and as a result produce meaningful solutions for those living in recovery. The Remnant Ministries.  Treatment/recovery grant funding will improve the capacity of Remnant’s residential treatment program. Project goals include increasing the number of licensed peer recovery coaches and supporting program graduates in their long-term recovery. In addition to local response grants, the State of Indiana has awarded the Huntington County Health Department an opioid settlement match grant of $301,574 to provide evidence-based curriculum to the Huntington County Jail and Community Corrections. “These grants will accelerate prevention and treatment strategies designed to help our fellow neighbors,” stated Dr. Matt Pflieger, Public Health Officer. “Through collaboration, we are focusing our resources for large-scale impact and additional grant opportunities.” Response grants will be available again in the spring of 2024. Donations to support grants through the Substance Abuse Response Fund can be directed to the Community Foundation and sent to PO Box 5037, Huntington, IN 46750.