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June 02, 2023

Collins, King Announce $300,000 to Improve Tribal Substance Use Disorder Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness (WPHW) will receive $300,000 to help build and expand substance use disorder and mental health services. This federal funding, awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will help WPHW improve the health, safety, and well-being of tribal communities across Maine.

“The opioid crisis has struck at the heart of every Maine community and highlighted the need for more health resources across our state,” said Senators Collins and King. “This important federal funding for Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness will expand life-saving substance use disorder and mental health services, invest in cost-saving preventive care, and support Maine’s tribal communities as they address the deadly epidemic. We’re grateful for this timely investment and the continued dedication of the professionals at Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness.”

This funding will support the expansion of staffing and services at two WPHW recovery homes in the greater Bangor area, which provide safe housing, a supportive healing environment, and pathways to employment, including as Recovery Coaches and Peer Supports.

Established in 1996, WPHW is a not-for-profit organization serving Wabanaki community members living on and off-reservations across the state of Maine, including four federally recognized tribes located in five communities: the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Mi’kmaq Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, and the Penobscot Nation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Senators Collins and King previously announced grants of $1.3 million, $2.7 million, and $1 million awarded to WPHW for their efforts to expand public health services.

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