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Indiana to lose key grant to help fight addictions

Congressional decision to cost Indiana crucial money to help veterans, others fight addiction
Posted on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 10, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Agencies that help Indiana residents fight drug addiction say they’re worried that a loss of federal funding will hurt their clients and employees.

The state has received $3.3 million through the Access to Recovery program in the last four years. The program focuses on people battling poverty, military veterans and those in the criminal justice system.

Family and Social Services Administration spokeswoman Marni Lemons tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1ocr39F ) that only six states received money this year, compared with 30 states and Native American tribes in the last grant cycle.

The grants are distributed in Marion and 10 other counties.

Nonprofit leaders have formed a coalition to energize volunteers and donors and raise money for the program. More than 11,000 residents have received help through the grants since 2010.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com


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