WVa programs receive $7.9 million in federal grants

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $7.9 million to seven West Virginia programs to address homelessness, health care services and medical research.

Awards include $5.8 million to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for home visiting services for children and families in at-risk communities; $1 million to the Prestera Center for Mental Health Services for new access to treatment for substance use disorders in rural communities; $365,000 to West Virginia University for research into arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases through genome editing; and $250,000 to the Prestera Center for Mental Health Services for mental health services for children and families affected by substance use disorder.

Also $200,000 to Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health Inc. to support adult and youth mental health services in the community; $160,000 to the Youth Services System, Wheeling, to meet the needs of at-risk youth; and $149,000 to the Cabell-Huntington Coalition for the Homeless to help youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness and human trafficking.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced the funding on Wednesday.

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