Aderholt Announces $1.1 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in North Alabama
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt today released the following statement announcing more than $1.1 million to community health centers in Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District to help combat the opioid crisis. Congress appropriated the money and it will be distributed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
“The United States is currently addressing a crisis which shows no discrimination. People of all races, ethnicities, geographic regions, and socio-economic classes are impacted by this national crisis and, unfortunately, Alabama has not been spared.”
“Congress and federal agencies must work with state and local governments, as well as community organizations to support individuals and communities that have felt left behind. These HHS grants will empower community health centers and rural organizations to expand both opioid addiction treatment and prevention programs.”
These grants will support community health centers in the following cities that serve Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District: Gadsden, Parrish, Scottsboro, and Tuscaloosa.
Four community health centers will receive a total of $975,250 through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services awards:
- Quality of Life Services, Inc. Gadsden- $293,000
- Capstone Rural Health Center, Parrish- $287,250
- Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc., Scottsboro- $110,000
- Whatley Health Services, Inc., Tuscaloosa- $285,000
One community health center will receive an additional award through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning program:
- Capstone Rural Health Center, Parrish- $200,000
In total, $1,175,250 will be awarded to Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District’s community health centers for these purposes.
“In July, I stood with my colleagues in Congress to pass a bipartisan bill, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which improves and expands access to treatment and recovery services, improves data to identify and help at-risk patients and families, and cracks down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs. A final version of this legislation is being negotiated with the Senate and I am hopeful that we can get it signed into law by the President before the end of this year. I stand ready to further work in Congress providing relief to all of our friends and families affected.”
In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.