Gov. Tomblin announces $1.3m in justice grants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is announcing $1.3 million in grants for community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery service across West Virginia.

Seven providers will receive grants through the Justice Reinvestment program.

One grant will help fund a new, 60- to 100-bed Mercer County treatment facility.

Smaller, six- to 10-bed treatment facilities in Marshall and Wood counties would benefit. So would outpatient and treatment programs in Kanawha, Logan, Marshall, Mercer and Wood counties.

The funding will help hire counselors and specialists in multiple counties.

The largest grant, totaling $440,000, will go to Healing Place of Huntington.

Other recipients include Northwood Health Systems, Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Harrison County Commission, Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health and Prestera for Mental Health Services.

Tomblin says the grants will help reduce prison overcrowding and drug abuse.

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