HARRISBURG – With bi-partisan support, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) introduced legislation to help Pennsylvanians in long-term substance abuse recovery.
Gregory’s House Bill 1650
, which features nearly 20 Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, would create the Lifetime Recovery from Substance Abuse Grant Program through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
“We want to help people get into recovery and stay there for the rest of their lives,” Gregory said. “There is a lot of emphasis on starting recovery. Yet recovery is not a one day, one week, one month or even one year commitment. It takes a lifetime, and the Lifetime Recovery from Substance Abuse Grant Program would supply what is needed to those who need it most.”
Data shows the relapse rate for addiction ranges from 40-60%.
The new grant program is designed to assist in the development, expansion and improvement of recovery support services delivered in Pennsylvania. Recovery support providers offer critical services to those in recovery from substance abuse; such as providing peer support, family support, mentoring services, housing and assistance in finding gainful employment.
“Recovery support providers, in particular peer recovery support personnel, play a critical role in
helping those recovering from substance abuse. They deserve our support and assistance,” Gregory said. “I believe this program would give them the added support they need and deserve.”
Representative Jim Gregory
80th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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