United Way says grant will help combat substance use disorder in rural counties

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The United Way of the Wabash Valley says a new grant will help combat substance use disorders in rural counties.

The organization recently received a $1 million federal grant.

It will allow the United Way to work with community partners to bring new services to Sullivan, Parke and Vermillion Counties.

The grant will fund programming by United Way, Chances and Services for Youth, Hamilton Center, Next Step Foundation, and Valley Professionals Community Health Center. This programming will include:

• A new Substance Use trained Case Manager and Counselor to support Vermillion county
• Hiring and training nine new health and social service professional interns
• Three new Peer Recover Centers with expanded telehealth and 24/7 call operations
• Two new Recover Residences
• Over 2,000 students enrolled in new school-based, evidence-based, teacher-led prevention programs per year
• Increased educational programming and marketing surrounding substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies
• Nine new permanent drug take-back sites and six collection events

The United Way says it’s all part of a larger goal to move 10,000 local families out of financial struggle and into stability.

“We’ve also noted in our conversations throughout the rural communities that there’s a generational cycle to that. We know some of the contributors are the severe substance use problems we have in the Wabash Valley,” says UWWV Executive Director Richard Payonk.

Payonk says community partnerships are a crucial part of making a difference.

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