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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Applauds Grant to Combat Opioid Addiction in Connecticut

March 11, 2016
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $94 million in new funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction across the country, including Community Health Center in Middletown, Community Health Services in Hartford, and First Choice Health Centers in East Hartford. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement:

“I commend Secretary Burwell and HHS for recognizing the gravity of the heroin and opioid epidemic facing Connecticut,” said Larson. “We must make sure that no one who wants help recovering from their addiction is turned away due to lack of resources. Community Health Center Inc., Community Health Services, and First Choice Health Centers all provide top quality, compassionate care to the men and women they help. Our community health providers are on the frontlines of this crisis, and I thank them for their commitment to making sure no one else loses their life or a loved one to addiction.”

Last month, Larson spoke on the Ways and Means Committee to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the escalating heroin and opioid epidemic. The grants announced today provide the following funding:

  • COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INCORPORATED, MIDDLETOWN – $379,167
  • COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, INCORPORATED, HARTFORD – $325,000
  • FIRST CHOICE HEALTH CENTERS, INC., EAST HARTFORD – $406,250

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