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Governor Tomblin Unveils Plan to Fight Substance Abuse Epidemic

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today unveiled a statewide plan to fight the substance abuse epidemic in West Virginia by dedicating $7.5 million for the establishment and expansion of regionally based substance abuse support services. The governor made the announcement at Turning Pointe for Families, a drug treatment center for mothers in Beckley. He was joined by legislators, members of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, and members from the regional task forces.

"We need more prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery programs in all four corners of the state in order to fight the substance abuse epidemic," Gov. Tomblin said. "By continuing to invest in services to combat and treat substance abuse, we are making it easier to access help--especially for our young people and women. I am appreciative of the legislature's support, as well as that of more than seventeen-hundred West Virginians who have worked with my task forces and advisory council to develop this plan."

Earlier this year, the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and six regional task forces advised funding local, regional and statewide service programs as part of a comprehensive plan to address drug abuse in West Virginia. The funding recommendations include establishing and expanding the following services in the following areas:
Region 1: Crisis Stabilization Unit/Detoxification Unit; a Women's Regional Recovery Facility. Region One serves Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties.
Region 2: SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) services; a Women's Treatment and Recovery Facility in the Potomac Highlands area. Region Two serves Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral, Hampshire, Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton Counties.
Region 3: A Child and Adolescent Treatment Facility. Region Three serves Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Roane, and Jackson Counties.
Region 4: SBIRT services in the Randolph, Braxton and Harrison Region; Intensive Outpatient Treatment in Randolph/Tucker; 2 recovery coaches in each of the counties (26 total). Region Four serves Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Taylor, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur, and Randolph Counties.
Region 5: SBIRT in Logan/Mingo with regional coverage; Detoxification unit in Logan, Mingo and Boone Counties. Region Five serves Cabell, Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Clay, Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Logan, and Mingo Counties. Correction: previous announcement erroneously associated Region 2's Women's Treatment Facility with Region 5.
Region 6: Detoxification and Stabilization Unit; SBIRT services. Region Six serves Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, McDowell, Mercer, and Wyoming Counties.
In the coming months, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will solicit bids to establish and expand such services in certain regions of the state.

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