UPDATE: This story has been change to correct the grant totals as provided by the Pacific County Health and Human Services Department.
Pacific County got a $1.75 million boost to its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic from the federal Department of Justice.
On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran in Seattle announced grants to Pacific County; the state Department of Health; and King Whatcom and Skagit counties.
“Many of these grants are aimed at providing treatment and support to those who are reentering society after prison sentences,” Moran said in a news release. “With these funds DOJ is making a commitment to breaking the harmful cycle of substance abuse and incarceration.”
The Second Chance Reentry Program received two grants totaling $1.75 million “to focus on substance abuse and reentry from prison. The bulk of the grant funds support the Pacific County Second Chance Reentry Program that works to reduce recidivism of individuals with substance abuse and mental disorders,” the release states.
Katie Lindstrom, the deputy director of the Pacific County Health and Human Services Department, said that one grant is for $250,000 each year for four years and the other one is for $250,000 each year for three years for a total of $1.75 million
Whatcom County received a $900,000 grant; Seattle King County Health Department was awarded $1.2 million; Skagit County received $997,307; the state Department of health was awarded $1,996,316; and the state Health Care authority was given two grants totalling $222,637.