The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will award Massachusetts, New Hampshire and West Virginia $333,000 each in additional funding to bolster their opioid prevention, treatment and recovery efforts, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., assistant secretary for mental health and substance use at the Department of Health and Human Services, announced yesterday during a visit to West Virginia. Part of a two-year grant program authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, the supplemental funds targeted areas in greatest need. West Virginia will use the funds to establish an innovative, evidence-based approach to identify and treat individuals who present with substance use disorder in hospital emergency departments and refer them to a one-stop point of care, and for telehealth strategies in rural communities, McCance-Katz said.

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