**Press Release** Jacobs Announces $1 Million Grant for Combatting Substance Abuse in Rural Communities

August 10, 2020

(Erie County, N.Y.) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) is announcing a $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to the Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA).

“I am pleased to announce that this great local organization is receiving a grant to further combat alcohol and drug addiction, and the opioid crisis in our community. While our nation has focused on fighting another public health battle, substance abuse has continued to hurt our communities. That is why the work the Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is critical to our region. I am proud to see this funding go to an organization working to make our communities safer for all members, and I am committed to continuing our efforts to end the substance abuse and opioid epidemic,” Jacobs said.

“This grant will allow GCASA to continue a multi-fold aim of removing barriers to recovery and improved quality of life for people suffering from alcohol and other drug problems. Far too long, we have treated addiction only as an acute disease when, in fact, it is a chronic long-term health condition. While treatment is a guiding force to assist individuals in establishing abstinence and getting them on the path to recovery, it does not address how to sustain individuals and families in recovery over long periods,” GCASA Executive Director John Bennett said. “Grants like this will help build the recovery supports and address the social determinants of health to overcome the long-term effects of addiction. It is designed to break down the barriers to long term recovery so people can manage their own conditions over time and build on the resources needed for sustained recovery.”

The grant was awarded through a $101 million grant program through the Department of Health and Human Services to combat substance abuse disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD). This grant program supports 116 organizations in over 42 states – the grant is intended to expand and enhance service delivery for SUD and OUD in rural communities.