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Gov. Tomblin Announces $1.3 Million in Justice Grants

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Gov. Tomblin is announcing more than one million dollars in grants for community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery service across West Virginia.

Seven providers will receive grants through the Justice Reinvestment program. One grant will help fund a new, 60- to 100-bed Mercer County treatment facility.

Smaller, six- to 10-bed treatment facilities in Marshall and Wood counties will benefit. So will outpatient and treatment programs in Kanawha, Logan, Marshall, Mercer and Wood counties.

The funding will also help hire counselors and specialists in multiple counties.

The largest grant, totaling 440 thousand dollars, will go to Healing Place of Huntington.

Tomblin says the grants will help reduce prison overcrowding and drug abuse.

A spokesperson for Tomblin said Thursday the grant money is coming from the state general revenue budget.