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Grants Will Boost Addiction, Mental Health Services

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department has received a grant to assist women who are dealing with, at risk for, and recovering from, substance use disorder. $159,590 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund will be used to employ a peer recovery coach to work directly with women. The goal of the “Positive Steps Together” SUD Support Program is to reduce stigma, and remove barriers to treatment.

The grant is part of nearly $15 million distributed by the Endowment Fund.

Northern Michigan University is getting $498,445 to support an effort to improve access to behavioral health services across the Upper Peninsula. Money will be used to increase the number of professionals and paraprofessionals through an online training program.

The Michigan State Medical Society received $175,000 to strengthen the connection between drug courts and medical professionals to help treat offenders with substance use disorder. The list includes the drug courts that serve Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties.

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