FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary, Eric Hargan, came to Fairbanks to announce three new grants being awarded to the Fairbanks Native Association and Tanana Chief's Conference. Monday morning, Hargan sat down with the FNA staff.
The grants are expected to total over 6.2 million dollars over the next few years. They plan to use this money to combat opioid addiction, and improve access to mental health services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded over a billion dollars to several U.S. states to help combat opioid addiction in America.
Officials say these new investments will help with prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
FNA Executive Director, Steve Ginnis, said, "I think one of the areas that is most concerning to me is our ability to expand our services within our detox program making beds available for people that have opioid types of issues, and this particular grant here I would like to explore that idea of maybe utilizing a little more of those funds for that purpose."
For more information on these grants visit www.samsha.gov/grants.