Matzie: $1.3 million awarded to bolster supports for residents in recovery

Will provide employment, pregnancy support services

AMBRIDGE, Oct. 5 – Residents in Beaver and Allegheny counties recovering from substance use disorder will benefit from new supports, thanks to nearly $1.3 million in grant funding, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the funding will help several area organizations provide employment and pregnancy-related support services to Beaver and Allegheny County residents in recovery.

“People recovering from substance use disorder work hard to get through treatment and return to productive lives, but their success depends on access to ongoing support,” Matzie said. “This funding will provide that support by helping residents in recovery get jobs and ensuring pregnant and postpartum women have the services they need for a healthy return to the community.”

Matzie said the following organizations are receiving funding to serve residents in Beaver, Allegheny, and several other counties:

  • Life’s Work of Western PA (employment support services) - $387,500.
  • Allegheny Health Network (pregnancy/postpartum support services) – $583,153.
  • Center for Community Resources Inc. (pregnancy/postpartum support services) – $296,092.

In addition, Matzie said two organizations serving Allegheny County residents will receive $1.1 million. They include $700,000 to Sage’s Army, which provides community recovery and support services, and $400,000 to Three Rivers Youth, which provides employment services.

The grants are part of a package of more than $12 million in funding announced today to help Pennsylvanians in recovery. That funding is part of a larger package of $55 million in federal money awarded to Pennsylvania through the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards.

More information about the awards is available here.