Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $500,000 for Youngstown’s Flying High and $45,308 for Kent’s Coleman Professional Services
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today joined the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in announcing a $500,000 grant for Flying High of Youngstown and a $45,308 grant for Coleman Professional Services of Kent. These grants will be used to fund expanded treatment, recovery and workforce support services for residents affected by a substance use disorder and to develop a recovery ecosystem for the workforce in four counties.
“We need to provide our local community with the resources they need to combat the issue of addiction and substance use, and the money provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission will be of great assistance to those struggling the most,” said Congressman Ryan, Co-chair of the House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus. “I commend the work of Coleman Professional Services and Flying High as they work to ensure that those suffering from addiction receive the resources, support, and treatment they need.”
"I am excited for today's announcement and commend INSPIRE awardees in Ohio for their role in addressing the economic impacts of Appalachia's substance abuse crisis," said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. "These projects will help individuals in recovery obtain sustainable employment, further encouraging economic resiliency in Ohio communities. I want to thank Representative Ryan for his continued support of ARC as we work to strengthen recovery ecosystems in the Region."
“It is the mission of Coleman Professional Services to improve the lives of the people it serves,” Nelson Burns, president and CEO, said. “Our Employment Services exist to change destinies by helping youth and adults build the skills necessary to achieve and sustain successful and competitive employment. We look forward to working with our partners to identify employment gaps and build connections in the targeted counties. We are grateful for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s assistance with this project.”
“Helping recovering individuals become prepared and qualified for employment is vital to their long-term sobriety and necessary for our region’s economic and workforce development,” said Jeff Magada, Executive Director of Flying High in Youngstown.
These funds are part of the Appalachian Regional Commission's inaugural competition for their Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) project. Flying High will expand its treatment, recovery, and workforce support programs and services for residents of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Lawrence County in Pennsylvania, offering integrated behavioral health services, job placement and training services, recovery support activities, and housing for individuals affected by a substance abuse disorder. Coleman Professional Services will identify and engage stakeholders in developing the recovery ecosystem for the workforce in six counties of Appalachian Ohio (Monroe, Jefferson, Trumbull, Harrison, Belmont, and Mahoning). These counties have been impacted by high rates of substance use disorder exacerbated by the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.