MHRS to receive $430K to expand opiate addiction services

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LEBANON – Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties (MHRS), the local board of mental health and addiction services, will get $430,000 in federal funds to expand services for residents who are living with opiate addictions.

The dollars will support programs and services in Clinton County, designated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as one of the counties experiencing the highest levels of opiate addiction in the state.

The funds are part of the 21st Century Cures Act that Congress passed and President Obama signed in December 2016. The Act allots about $1 billion over two years nationwide for prevention, treatment and recovery services to battle opiate addiction. Ohio received a total of $26 million through the Cures Act.

“We are thankful to have the added support for services that can help people who are living with and wanting to recover from opiate addiction,” said Brent Lawyer, MHRS executive director. “This allows us to focus dollars in areas like medication-assisted treatment, as well as recovery supports such as peer support services.”

Treatment programs and services have been available to residents through agencies in the MHRS provider network for some time. The added dollars will enhance many of those services offered through contracted provider agencies that MHRS funds.

For more information about agencies providing treatment services for addiction, visit the Partners page of the MHRS website at

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