CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “We want those struggling with substance abuse to find help and hope in West Virginia, and that starts with giving our residents the support they need to get on the path toward recovery and return to their families,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stated from the capitol on Mon., Feb. 29th.
Tomblin announced more than $1.5 million in substance abuse treatment services, establishing new services in 12 counties, and expanding services in eight additional counties; and Logan Mingo Area Mental Health was included for funding for Logan and Mingo Counties.
This grant funding will support nearly 150 new inpatient treatment beds, a women’s recovery residence, outpatient and intensive outpatient services, and place community engagement specialists and recovery coaches in each county.
“Substance abuse is one of the greatest struggles our state has ever faced, and my administration continues to make the fight against substance abuse a top priority,” Gov. Tomblin said.
These funds will be used locally to establish an 18-bed Level II recovery residence and support the positions of a community engagement specialist and recovery coach serving Logan and Mingo Counties.
While discussing the new services coming to southern West Virginia, LMAMH CEO Donna Cooke stated, “We are grateful to be one of nine recipients of Governor Tomblin’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative funding to combat addiction and repeated incarcerations in Logan and Mingo Counties. This funding for LMAMH, $160,231, will be used to establish two existing recovery homes in Logan as faith-based treatment recovery homes. This project mirrors our existing partnership with Crossroads Treatment Recovery Home for Women in Gilbert. Great things are happening at Logan Mingo!”
New programs at LMAMH include:
• RISE (Mingo) and Pivot Point (Logan): These treatment programs are approximately six hours of treatment per day for eight weeks for substance abuse/addiction.
• BOUNDLESS (Logan): This new program is similar to the two mentioned above, except that this is for individuals with a felony conviction, or as part of a possible diversion of a felony with an emphasis on treatment and prevention of repeated incarcerations.
• ANCHOR POINT (Mingo): This is a men’s 28 day residential treatment program.
• Assertive Community Treatment (ACT): This is an intensive community based treatment program for serious and chronic mental illness that may also include substance abuse or dependence. A designated team of five professionals offer treatment in the consumer’s home or community at least 75 percent of the time.
In addition to Logan and Mingo County funding, the governor’s office announced that additional funds are being made available for substance abuse programs, services, and treatment expansion efforts in Mason, Putnam, Mercer, Greenbrier, Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Wyoming, Berkeley, Jefferson, Grant, Hardy, Pendleton, Mineral, Morgan, Kanawha and Cabell Counties.
For additional information concerning various treatment programs, counseling services, and other professional services, call Logan Mingo Area Mental Health at 304-792-7130 (Logan) or 304-235-2954 (Chattaroy).