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Rep. Stivers Applauds Announcement of Grant for Fairfield County to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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Washington, September 28, 2018 | comments
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a nearly $500,000 grant for Fairfield County to implement the Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (F.O.R.T.), who will help support survivors of non-fatal drug overdoses, and their families. This is 50 times the amount the County was originally seeking. Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded this announcement as another important step in curbing the drug abuse epidemic in Fairfield County.
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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a nearly $500,000 grant for Fairfield County to implement the Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (F.O.R.T.), who will help support survivors of non-fatal drug overdoses, and their families. This is 50 times the amount the County was originally seeking. Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded this announcement as another important step in curbing the drug abuse epidemic in Fairfield County.

“The drug abuse epidemic has taken its toll on counties across Ohio’s 15th District, and it is important we provide communities with the resources they need to help those struggling with addiction receive treatment,” Stivers said. “I was proud to support this grant to ensure Project F.O.R.T. can continue providing holistic treatment in our communities well into the future, and help those in recovery. Thank you to the Fairfield County Commissioners, Commander Dennis Lowe at the Fairfield-Hocking-Athens Major Crimes Unit, Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen, Fairfield County Prosecutor Kyle Witt, and all of those who are working so hard to combat the opioid epidemic.”  

“Like so many other communities across Ohio and the nation, we in Fairfield County have experienced the negative effects of the opioid epidemic,” Steve Davis, President of the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners said. “In Fairfield County, we see hundreds of unintentional overdoses each year.  CARA funding for Fairfield County will go a long way in the fight against the opioid epidemic by enhancing multi-disciplinary teams who are there to help families respond to overdoses and get on the road to recovery. We greatly appreciate the partnership with the federal government.”

“Project FORT is an important piece to our full community effort to combat the opioid epidemic,” Sheriff Phalen said. “I want to thank Congressman Stivers, and all of those who were involved in securing this incredible grant for Fairfield County.”

“We at ADAMH congratulate Project F.O.R.T. on its success in this grant competition; the new funds will allow Project F.O.R.T. to expand the important work it does in the community,” Rhonda Myers, the Executive Director of the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board said. “We deeply appreciate the ongoing partnership between Project F.O.R.T. and ADAMH.”

The grant, made possible under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which Stivers supported, is awarded to community entities that form successful collaborations to assist their neighbors in overcoming addiction.  F.O.R.T. is a prime example of that type of partnership: the combination of follow-up visits to those who have suffered a non-fatal overdose, expedited access to treatment, and data collection using the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) is a model rooted in cooperation.  

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this epidemic, but it is clear that when neighbors are able to unite and collaborate, the result is a healthier community,” Stivers concluded.

You can read the letter of support Stivers sent by clicking here, and the announcement by clicking here.

For entities that are also seeking a federal grant and need assistance, contact Representative Stivers’ Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968.

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