Reps. Burchett, Roe Applaud Grant Award to Help East Tennessee Women Affected by Opioid Epidemic

October 2, 2019
Press Release

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE -- Reps. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statements after the U.S. Department of Labor announced a $499,999 grant awarded to the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc.:

“East Tennessee communities have been hit hard by the opioid crisis. Luckily, the folks over at Helen Ross McNabb Center are doing great work to help those recovering from addiction, including through its Jail to Work program. This award ensures the Center is able to continue assisting women who are getting back into the workforce while on the road to recovery,” said Rep. Burchett.

“Our communities in East Tennessee are being ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Our state suffered 1,856 opioid-related deaths in Tennessee in 2018, which is more than the number of people who died in car accidents. Prevention and treatment are key to saving lives, and the Helen Ross McNabb Center is doing great work on this front. Helping those who have struggled with addiction move forward is critical for their future, and I am pleased to see this investment being made to help women affected by the opioid epidemic transition back into the workforce. This grant funding will help more women change their lives for the better,” said Rep. Roe.

Note: The grant is a part of the Department of Labor’s Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant program, which awarded $2,499,726 to five different programs including Helen Ross McNabb Center. This grant will fund the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc.’s Jail to Work RESTORE Expansion Project. The project will serve 80 women affected by the opioid crisis and are in the criminal justice system – targeting participants in Hamblen and Sevier County jails.