Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $300,000 to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County and $300,000 to the Police Activities League of Massena. These HHS Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Grants (SAMHSA) will support the Healthy Jefferson County initiative and the Police Activities League of Massena Partnerships for Success Project. SAMHSA grants support programs designed to prevent and treat mental and/or substance use disorders. They also aim to improve access and reduce barriers to high-quality health care for individuals who experience or are at risk for these disorders, as well as for their families and communities.

“These organizations do very important work in helping our North Country communities address alcohol and substance abuse issues,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to announce this important funding that will be put to good use and help these groups in their efforts. I have personally met and spoken with constituents from the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse providers of New York State, and I understand the need for significant additional funding for agencies providing addiction services to offset revenue losses and additional expenses resulting from COVID-19. There is also additional need for services resulting from the growth of the opioid epidemic and other addiction problems, and I will continue to deliver direct funding to the North Country in order to fund those initiatives.”