- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A peer-focused, long-term recovery program has received a $250,000 federal grant to expand its services in Beckley, Bluefield and Huntington.

U.S. Rep Evan Jenkins said in a news release Wednesday that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is giving the grant to Recovery Point of Huntington so it can develop and open small-scale recovery residences of 10 to 12 beds each for women in Huntington, men in Bluefield, and women and men in Beckley.

Recovery Point’s website says over 150 men have graduated from the long-term program in Huntington since 2011.

Jenkins says substance treatment facilities have become a scarce resource as the drug crisis has escalated in West Virginia.

Recovery Point Executive Director Matt Boggs says the treatments the funds will be used to help save lives.

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