Matzie: Nearly $322,000 to combat opioid abuse, expand child protection and advocacy services

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 11 – Two state grants totaling $321,923 will bolster resources to combat the opioid addiction crisis statewide and expand services locally for victims of child abuse, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said a $274,923 grant to Commonwealth Prevention Alliance will fund the statewide PA STOP campaign to expand public awareness about the dangers of opioid use.

“This funding will allow us to target new groups – including students and faith-based communities – in driving home the dangers of opioid use,” Matzie said. “That’s critically important because, although the public is aware that we have a crisis, so many people – and especially young people – feel invulnerable to the risk and fail to appreciate just how addictive these drugs are.”

Matzie said a second grant of $47,000 will fund continuing services for the Beaver County satellite branch of A Child’s Place, which provides protection and advocacy services for children.

“Professionals and support workers at the Beaver County satellite office do critical work advocating on behalf of children traumatized by abuse and helping them heal,” Matzie said. “The office itself provides a supportive, non-threatening environment where children can feel safe as they speak to law enforcement, doctors and other workers. Securing this funding helps ensure that this essential community resource can continue to operate.”

Matzie added that the grant will also continue to support a community/police liaison position for the Beaver County site. 

Both grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which awards funding based on recommendations from various advisory committees.

The grant to the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance was based on a recommendation from the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and the grant to the Child’s Place satellite was based on a recommendation from the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee.