$500,000 grant to help drug-addicted moms and their infants

Published: May. 1, 2018 at 8:37 PM EDT
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A $500,000 grant will go toward helping mothers with substance abuse disorders, as well as their infants who are born addicted.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and the Pfizer Foundation announced the grant on Tuesday.

According to a news release from Justice’s office, the project will be based in Cabell County. It will help combine state of the art infant treatment services offered through Lily’s Place with addiction services and support for pregnant and postpartum mothers delivered through the MOMS program.

The MOMS program is located at Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital. MOMS program services will be added to the Lily’s Place facility in order to create a holistic approach to caring for mothers and babies.

“This funding will help the most vulnerable of our citizens impacted by the horrible drug epidemic we are facing as a state,” Justice said in the release. “We appreciate the partnership of the Pfizer Foundation with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) as we work to improve the health and well-being those children and families impacted by substance use.”

Caroline Roan, president of the Pfizer Foundation, said this in the release:

“The Pfizer Foundation has a long-standing commitment to address the challenges of improving healthcare delivery around the world. Our support of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ work to increase community education about the risks of opioid abuse underscores our dedication to helping address the growing opioid overdose epidemic.”