Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today welcomed a $376,274 federal grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Project POINT at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. One of Donnelly’s provisions in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed into law in 2016, helps programs like Project POINT to utilize outreach coordinators who can connect people who have received naloxone with treatment and other services, helping put them on a path toward recovery from addiction. The grant will enable Project POINT to establish more shifts for its outreach coordinators and help them serve more people.
Donnelly said, “I’m pleased that my provision from the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is benefiting programs like Project POINT at Eskenazi Health, which focuses on helping Hoosiers who’ve received naloxone to connect with treatment options that will help them overcome their battle with drug addiction. I will continue working with folks on the federal, state, and local level to help stem the tide of the heroin and opioid epidemics that are harming far too many families in central Indiana and across our state.”
Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO at Eskenazi Health, said, “This grant funding will allow Project POINT to expand its outreach reach efforts and serve more people, as outreach coordinators continue working to connect people who’ve received naloxone with a treatment program and hopefully put them on a path towards recovery. We’re thankful for Senator Donnelly’s continued efforts to be a partner in our efforts to stem the tide of the opioid and heroin epidemics.”
For more than three years, Donnelly has been working to address the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics in Indiana and across the country. He has listened to Hoosiers, been successful in getting bipartisan legislation enacted, partnered with federal, state, and local officials, and brought together stakeholders.