CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced more than $6 million of funding for health services in West Virginia.
Senators Manchin and Capito, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $6,145,690 of funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. This funding will support alcohol research programs at West Virginia University and provide mental health support services for West Virginians, according to a release from Senator Manchin’s office.
Below are statements from Senators Manchin and Capito regarding this funding:
“I have always supported investing in medical research and treatment. Despite wonderful medical advancements, there is still a lot of ground to cover when it comes to diseases and conditions that West Virginians struggle with every day. By conducting research and providing treatment to individuals living with chronic conditions and mental health issues such as substance use disorder, we can work towards a healthier West Virginia.”Senator Joe Manchin
“It may seem like research into alcoholism has taken a backseat in light of the opioid epidemic. However, I’m proud to know WVU continues their important work into a disease that continues to affect families every day. This funding will help support their efforts and help provide additional mental health services for West Virginians across the state. By approaching those struggling with substance abuse in a way that prioritizes their mental health, we’re seeing greater rates of success and cleaner communities,”Senator Shelley Moore Capito