Wheatley announces grant to Pittsburgh organization to help veterans overcome opioid addiction

HARRISBURG, March 2 – A Pittsburgh nonprofit organization has been awarded a $100,000 federal grant to assist in its efforts to help veterans suffering from opioid use disorder, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today.

 

Wheatley said the Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard will use the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funds to create an opioid response program under its veterans’ resource center and to connect veterans to community treatment resources. In addition, the funds will also be used toward education and opioid use disorder prevention efforts.

“When our veterans, who have served our country with honor and dedication, return home, we know that there are some who have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life due to addiction,” said Wheatley. “This grant will provide the vital support, including treatment services, that our area veterans need and deserve to help them and their families.”

A total of $1 million in SAMHSA grants were awarded to seven programs in Pennsylvania which offer treatment and recovery, homelessness and suicide prevention services, and other services to support veterans dealing with substance abuse disorder.