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Capito announces $7M for programs

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, announced $7,094,905 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for six programs that will support medical research and improve health care services across West Virginia.

She also announced that West Virginia was one of 15 states selected to receive a $1,000,000, one-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) planning grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Among the HHS monies, will be $544,058 going to West Virginia University to support research that works with heart and vascular diseases.

“It’s great that so many important initiatives across our state are receiving recognition and support from HHS,” Capito said. “This funding will strengthen critical services across West Virginia, while also supporting research initiatives important to improving the health of West Virginians.”

Other HHS awards:

  • 2,703,195 to state of West Virginia (Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program) to support state implementation of comprehensive, high-quality health care across West Virginia.
  • $2,135,772 to Camden-On-Gauley Medical Center, Inc. to support the health care cluster in Webster County, increasing the accessibility of health care providers in the area.
  • $1,000,000 to the state of West Virginia (Section 223 Demonstration Programs to Improve Community Mental Health Services) to support increased mental health services for West Virginians across the state.
  • $499,130 to Marshall Community Health Consortium Inc. to support a teaching health center planning and development program.
  • $212,750 to Marshall University to support university-level alcohol research programs.

CCBHC planning grant

In 2024, up to 10 of the 15 states selected will participate in the CCBHC Medicaid demonstration program and receive enhanced Medicaid reimbursement. The funding for the expansion of the CCBHC demonstration program was authorized by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) to help address the country’s mental health crisis.

“In recent years, our country and state has faced an unprecedented surge of substance use deaths, fueled by extraordinarily deadly drugs like illicit fentanyl,” Capito said. “Grants like these play a crucial role in supporting local recovery centers and ensuring they have the resources they need to help pull struggling West Virginians out of the suffocating grip of addiction.”