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CT Receives $7 Million in Federal Funds for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

The State of Connecticut will receive a $7 million Access to Recovery IV grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA), Governor Malloy announced Monday. The funding will serve to increase drug and alcohol treatment, in cooperation with the governor’s Second Chance Society initiatives. Connecticut will receive the grant funds in $2.3 million allocations over each of the next three years.

The federal grant will pay for a large variety of programs, from recovery and case management to housing, educational, and employment services. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) will use the funding for vouchers, which can be applied to a program-of-choice in the network of community-based service providers.

The SAMHA grant complements Governor Malloy’s Second Change Society Initiatives, which aim to reduce crime and direct low-level offenders to treatment, rather than jail. “We need to build a brighter tomorrow for people – to help them overcome addiction and become productive members of society. As we lower crime, reduce recidivism, and focus on permanent reform rather than permanent punishment, these dollars will go a long way,” said Governor Malloy.

Read the Full Press Release here.


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