HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) that would strengthen programs for individuals recovering from substance abuse has been unanimously endorsed by the House Human Services Committee and may now be considered by the full House.
“Support for individuals dealing with substance abuse should not end when a person enters the recovery stage,” said Gregory, who is a member of the committee. “Creating the Lifetime Recovery from Substance Abuse Grant Program would ensure we, as a Commonwealth. continue to help these individuals and reduce the rate of relapse.”
The grant program, which would be created under Gregory’s House Bill 1650
, targets the development, expansion and improvement of the system of delivery for recovery support services in the Commonwealth. Those services include peer and family support, mentoring services, housing, and assistance with finding gainful employment.
Substance abuse is not a partisan issue, nor is it a strictly rural or urban issue,” said Rep. Joe Hohenstein (D-Philadelphi), who joined Gregory in creating the legislation. “Recovery is a lifetime effort, and we must treat it as such.”
Grants would be funded through the state budget to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention.
Representative Jim Gregory
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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