The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has awarded $500,000 to expand the statewide capacity of Quick Response Teams (QRTs).
QRTs are composed of emergency response personnel, law enforcement officers and a substance use treatment or recovery provider who contact individuals within 24-72 hours of their overdose to offer and assist those individuals with recovery support including referrals to treatment options.
The following grant recipients were selected by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy:
- Westbrook Health Services, Inc. $250,000
- Seneca Health Services, Inc. $249,901
Seneca Health Services Inc, FMRS and Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center will serve the communities of Princeton, Summersville & Beckley and Westbrook Health Services Inc. will serve Wood county.
“DHHR is pleased to provide this funding as part of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s State Opioid Response Plan to help give individuals an opportunity to receive recovery support and proactively offer treatment to survivors and their families,” said Susie Mullens, Interim Director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy. “Helping communities build QRTs will not only save lives but will reduce stigma surrounding substance use disorders and encourage hope that recovery is possible.”