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Counseling For Coal Miners

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Joe Manchin has ordered an investigation into why a $35,000 grant to help counsel people struggling to deal with the Sago Mine disaster hasn't been released.

The federal grant was approved in April, but the Appalachian Community Mental Health Center in Elkins has yet to receive a dime.

Department of Health and Human Resources spokesman John Law says counseling is still available to people who need it.

The $35,000 grant was simply meant to supplement those services.

John Bianconi is commissioner of the state Bureau for Behavioral Health Services and Health Facilities.

He says miscommunication may be to blame for the delay.

Regardless, a Manchin spokeswoman says the governor wants to find out where the breakdown occurred and hold people accountable.

Twelve men were killed because of the January Second explosion at Sago, and two others who worked there have committed suicide in the past month.

While neither victim's family has linked the suicides to the accident, those who knew them say there's little doubt it haunted them.


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