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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $348,331 to Summit County for Substance Abuse Treatment

September 5, 2018
Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $348,331 to Summit County to expand substance abuse treatment capacity in adult treatment drug courts and adult tribal healing to wellness courts. The funding comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“There isn’t a single community in the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid epidemic. In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses; that’s 197 a day. In Summit County, there was a total of 224 drug overdose deaths in 2017 alone. Families and lives have been pulled apart by the devastating effects of addiction, and they are looking for relief,” said Congressman Ryan. “As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I understand this crucial funding from SAMHSA will help overcome obstacles in combatting the opioid epidemic in Summit County and increase access to important services. We must remain focused and active in ensuring every community has the resources and funding to help their constituents.”

“Summit County Valor Court is an invaluable resource in our community.  I appreciate the Valor Court team’s work that went into securing this grant and Congressman Ryan’s advocacy on Summit County’s behalf.  Serving the veterans who served all of us is not just a good thing to do, it is the right thing to do,” said Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive.

According to SAMHSA, the purpose of Summit County’s program is to expand substance use disorder treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model to provide substance use disorder treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.