Local addiction centers vie for shares of $5M in state money

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Addiction treatment centers are responding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to increase state funding for such programs by $5 million.

The state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs said Wednesday that it received applications from centers serving 62 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. The department’s current budget is about $47 million.

Department Secretary Gary Tennis says the response confirms the need for intensive treatment services for the growing number of Pennsylvanians addicted to heroin and other opioids.

Officials will review the applications to determine which proposals will be funded. If approved by lawmakers, the additional money would be available in the budget year that starts July 1.

Eighty percent of the grant will go toward treatment and supportive medication and the rest is earmarked for outreach, education, prevention and administrative expenses.

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