C.H.A.N.G.E. will receive share of federal health dollars

WEIRTON — C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. will be among the health centers and rural health organizations across West Virginia to receive a share of federal funding recently announced by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito.

Manchin, D-W.Va., and Capito, R-W.Va., announced the allotment of $3,683,255 from the Health Resources and Services Administration Thursday, to be divided among 22 West Virginia agencies.

C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., based in Weirton, will receive $175,700, according to the announcement.

Funding will be geared toward increasing access to substance abuse and mental health services.

“As our state continues to fight the growing opioid crisis, these resources will be critical in helping West Virginians access the substance abuse and mental health care they need,” Capito said. “Not only will it help provide critical health services to those struggling with addiction and mental illness, but it will also help create jobs in our state and improve the care available in our rural communities. Having visited many of these health centers myself, I know very well how much this funding will help, and I’m thrilled to see so many receive the resources they need to provide important care to West Virginians.”

Capito has visited a number of the health centers receiving funding.

“We need to support those on the front lines of the opioid crisis in every way possible,” Manchin said. “These funds will provide the necessary resources to health centers and professionals fighting the opioid battle. I’ve watched first-hand our health professionals do great work, and I look forward to them utilizing these funds to create a healthier West Virginia.”