Bill grants $600K to address substance abuse and addiction

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Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson on Friday introduced Bill No. 389-35. (PNC file photo)

In an effort to expand availability of alcohol and drug rehabilitation services, Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson on Friday introduced Bill No. 389-35.

The measure would grant a total of $600,000 to several organizations tasked with providing alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation services to the island community, including:

· $275,000 to the Salvation Army Lighthouse Recovery Center for the purposes of funding residential treatment programs and outpatient services, and increase bed capacity

· $275,000 to the Oasis Empowerment Center for the purposes of funding residential treatment programs and outpatient services, and increase bed capacity

· $50,000 to the New Beginnings alcohol and drug treatment program of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center for the purposes of funding the prevention and training branch

In meetings with Vice Speaker Nelson, each organization indicated their funding priorities, which included expanding patient capacity and supporting residential treatment programs.

“The power to redefine the life and purpose of anyone suffering from substance abuse and addiction lies in their hands, but we must ensure that the treatment programs and services available have the capacity to welcome anyone with open arms,” said bill author and Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson. “With this measure, we will build that capacity and empower our people to seek help and support in their suffering.”

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