Petrarca: $486,000 grant to Westmoreland County organization to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – A recovery community organization in Westmoreland County has been awarded a $486,446 grant to enhance its efforts to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced.

Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the grant to Sage’s Army is part of a $55.9 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. These funds can be used to expand existing services and develop new programs, including the hiring of additional certified recovery specialists, education and employment training and life-skills coaching, Petrarca added.

“While the number of heroin and fentanyl overdoses have steadily declined in Westmoreland County over the past few years, there are still many in our communities who need help to recover from addiction once they’ve completed treatment,” Petrarca said. “This grant will make a substantial impact in the lives of those who need that vital support to assist in their recovery and to help them rebuild their lives.”

For more information on the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, residents can visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/.