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$1.5M in federal grants goes to Hoosiers for heroin, opioid treatment

Mar 21

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 11, 2016) -- Thousands more Hoosiers will get help for their addictions, thanks to new federal grant money.

Four Indiana health centers, including two in central Indiana, received a total of $1.5 million as part of a larger $94 million pot from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Meridian Health Services in Muncie received $325,000 and the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, through Eskenazi Health, received $380,000.

"I’m so excited. We wrote the grant back in October and it’s been a long six months waiting, but we’re excited to get started," Meridian VP of Community Health Amelia Clark said.

Clark said the money would pay for three new positions, screening to catch addiction early through primary care, and medication-assisted treatment. Her staff also planned to focus on pregnant addicted women.

"A lot of families have addiction and it’s one of those silent things, we don’t talk about the stigmas related to addiction often and I think it’s going to help a lot of people," Clark said.

For more information on the grants, go to the link here.

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