WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,981,516 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for seven programs that will assist young West Virginians experiencing homelessness, strengthen healthcare services and support medical research.

“It’s great to see many important initiatives across our state receive recognition from HHS, and be granted the support necessary to continue their import work,” Senator Capito said. “This funding will strengthen critical services across West Virginia, while also supporting research initiatives important to the health of our state. I will continue advocate on behalf of the resources our state agencies and higher education institutions need to serve our state effectively.”

“I’m pleased HHS is investing more than $7.9 million in these seven critical programs,” Senator Manchin said. “The funding announced today will bolster the critical efforts of the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless and strengthen healthcare services across West Virginia, including mental healthcare and maternal and child home visiting programs. The funding will also support a medical research project at West Virginia University to advance our understanding of arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources to support our healthcare professionals and organizations as they care for West Virginians across the Mountain State.”

Individual awards listed below:

  • $5,856,049 – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources: Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program
    • This funding will support state implementation of comprehensive, high-quality home visiting services for children and families living in communities at risk of poor maternal and child health outcomes.
  • $1,000,000 – Prestera Center for Mental Health Services: Medication Assisted Treatment Access Program
    • This funding will be used to establish new medication assisted treatment access points for substance use disorder in rural communities.
  • $365,803 – West Virginia University: Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research
    • This funding will support a research project dedicated to learning more about arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases through genome editing.
  • $250,000 – Prestera Center for Mental Health Services: Targeted Grants to Address Needs of Families Affected
    • This funding will support mental health services for children and families affected by substance use disorder.
  • $200,000 – Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health Inc.: Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement
    • This funding will support the Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health Inc.’s efforts to provide mental health services to adults and youth in the community.
  • $160,000 – Youth Services System, Wheeling: Basic Centers
    • This funding will support Youth Services System’s commitment to responding to the complex needs of at-risk youth.
  • $149,664 – Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless: Street Outreach
    • This funding will support engaging, connecting and serving youth ages 21 and under who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness and human trafficking.


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