WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $6,145,690 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This funding will support alcohol research programs at West Virginia University and provide mental health support services for West Virginians.
“It may seem like research into alcoholism has taken a backseat in light of the opioid epidemic. However, I’m proud to know WVU continues their important work into a disease that continues to affect families every day. This funding will help support their efforts and help provide additional mental health services for West Virginians across the state. By approaching those struggling with substance abuse in a way that prioritizes their mental health, we’re seeing greater rates of success and cleaner communities,” Senator Capito said.
“I have always supported investing in medical research and treatment. Despite wonderful medical advancements, there is still a lot of ground to cover when it comes to diseases and conditions that West Virginians struggle with every day. By conducting research and providing treatment to individuals living with chronic conditions and mental health issues such as substance use disorder, we can work towards a healthier West Virginia,” Senator Manchin said.