Congressman Kim gets $300,000 for Burlington County’s HOPE ONE in federal spending bill
Mount Laurel, NJ – This week, Congressman Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass the government’s fiscal year 2022 funding package that includes $300,000 for the county’s HOPE ONE Mobile Access Unit. Burlington. Congressman Kim applied for community project funding for the local program that connects residents to addiction treatment and recovery support services. The Senate passed the bill yesterday and President Biden is expected to sign it later today.
“I am proud to have provided this funding so that HOPE ONE can continue its lifesaving work in our community,” Congressman Kim said. “With this money, HOPE ONE will be able to expand its crucial services and help more of our neighbors suffering from addiction. I have seen the pain of this crisis in the eyes of my loved ones and know how essential these services are for so many people. in Burlington and Ocean counties.
Congressman Kim visited the HOPE ONE mobile unit in Pemberton last October. HOPE ONE is a successful partnership between the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Maryville Addiction Treatment Center and Virtua Health. The program began in 2019 and provides overdose prevention training, referrals to recovery services and other resources for people struggling with substance abuse.
“The HOPE ONE program has been a game-changer in our fight against substance abuse by bringing addiction services, education and resources to our communities where people live and work, rather than asking those in need of help pick them up,” the Burlington County Commissioner said. Felicia Hopson, commissioners’ liaison with the Burlington County Health and Human Services Departments, which administers the program with the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and partners Virtua Health and Maryville Addiction Treatment Center. “We are proud of the tremendous success of the program and are grateful for Congressman Kim’s efforts to secure this critical funding to help HOPE ONE grow and reach even more people. By working together, we can help save lives and overcome this terrible crisis. »
“The addiction crisis required a comprehensive approach and our department continues to reach out to those in need through the HOPE ONE program,” said Burlington County Sheriff Anthony Basantis and Deputy Sheriff Jim Kostoplis. . “Working with the County Health and Human Services Departments and our other partners, we have distributed thousands of doses of naloxone and helped connect many people in need with treatment and other resources. Congressman Kim has been an outstanding leader on this issue and an important partner for us, and we are confident that his work to secure this funding will allow HOPE ONE to do even more to help the residents of Burlington County.
Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force. He authored the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, which passed the House. Congressman Kim’s legislation would direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a public education campaign about the dangers of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids and available treatment services. The bill would also require the CDC to release information about synthetic opioids to health care providers and require the development of training materials for first responders and other workers at high risk of exposure on prevention measures. exposure to synthetic opioids. Congressman Kim is also one of the co-sponsors of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, which would eliminate red tape for health care providers to prescribe buprenorphine, a proven treatment that has saved countless Americans. struggling with a substance use disorder, but one that remains inaccessible to many.
Congressman Kim is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information on Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here.
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