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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces $200,000 Grant for Norwich Substance Abuse Program

September 12, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced a federal grant in the amount of $200,000 awarded to Bethsaida Community in Norwich by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The grant will fund the We CARE (Women Empowered by Community Aligned Recovery Efforts) program that will provide education on addiction and recovery and support treatment for 50 southeastern Connecticut women suffering from substance abuse and addiction.

“The opioid epidemic is an issue that deserves the attention of every level of our government,” said Congressman Courtney. “This funding will provide direct aid to people living the reality of this crisis. A focused program like We CARE has the potential to make a tremendous impact on lives in our community and I applaud the dedicated efforts of Claire Silva to secure this critical funding."

Claire Silva, Executive Director of Bethsaida Community, said, "Bethsaida has over 30 years of experience providing outreach, housing, and support services to homeless and at-risk women. The WE CARE program will bring together all of the resources and services that women need in their recovery from trauma and drug/alcohol abuse."

Bethsaida Community, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides transitional, permanent, and low-income housing as well as recovery housing for the surrounding community. From 2010 to 2015, their ‘Homeless Women Deserve Treatment’ program helped over 400 women and 191 children.

Courtney and his office have worked closely with Kathryn Powers, Region 1 Administrator of SAMHSA, to empower and support resilient communities in eastern Connecticut and combat the ongoing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

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