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Larson Announces Nearly $2 Million in Funding to Combat Substance Abuse

September 17, 2021
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that Intercommunity, Inc., Community Renewal Team (CRT), the Wheeler Clinic, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services were awarded grants by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to combat the opioid epidemic. 

“I applaud the Biden Administration’s initiative to connect residents with substance abuse disorders to evidence-based support and treatment in their own communities,” said Larson. “To combat the opioid epidemic that plagues communities across the country, we need to both increase awareness and also offer accessible treatment options to those battling substance abuse. These grants will support the State of Connecticut’s efforts to promote substance abuse prevention education and the work being done on the ground by these organizations to expand access to opioid use disorder treatment options in the First Congressional District.” 

East Hartford’s Intercommunity, Inc., Hartford’s Community Renewal Team, and the Wheeler Clinic, which has wellness centers across CT-01 and the state, were each awarded $525,000 as part of the Medication Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction grant program, which aims to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. 

The CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services was awarded $384,000 for the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs program, which provides funds for prescription drug abuse prevention awareness programming through schools and communities.