Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
October 23, 2020
Underwood has advocated to increase funding for programs that support these grants
WEST CHICAGO— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that Kane County and Lake County will receive over $1.5 million in federal investments, from grant programs she has advocated for, to combat the opioid and stimulant crisis. The grants awarded by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs are a part of the federal effort to fight the addiction crisis in the United States, which has dramatically impacted children, families, first responders, and communities at large. Kane County will receive $500,000 through the DOJ’s Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program, and the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center will receive $1.1 million through the DOJ’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program Grant. Underwood successfully advocated for both grant programs to receive increased funding under the House-passed appropriations bills for FY2021.
“Too many Illinois families have been devastated by the opioid crisis that is ravaging communities across the country,” said Underwood. “To fight this public health crisis, strong federal support is necessary, and I’m pleased to see Kane and Lake County have been awarded resources to help support effective, evidence-based substance abuse treatment and prevention programs in our community.”
Delivering federal investments to help Illinois communities fight the opioid crisis has been a top priority for Underwood in Congress. With Underwood’s support, the House voted to increase funding for both the Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program and the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program in FY2021 appropriations. Additionally, Underwood strongly supported a $3.6 billion investments in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in her congressional appropriations for both FY2020 and FY2021.