West Virginia 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Kendra Fershee feels grant funding is not enough to address the opioid crisis in the state.
In June, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that West Virginia is eligible to receive nearly $28 million through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s State Opioid Response Grants.
Fershee said we need to do more, “The problem is we are asking communities to jump through additional hoops in order to get funding to address this crisis that we all know and see. It’s not a mystery, we are not wondering what is happening. We know where the need is and we know where the money needs to go so we need to know where the money needs to go. So we need make sure that money gets there.”
Fershee said she would want to have a person on staff whose job is to be a full-time grant writer. That individual, she said, would then go into the communities, know who is doing good work, and work with those groups to assure funding gets where it needs to be.