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Gov. Jim Justice expands substance abuse pilot program

February 16, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has announced that a West Virginia pilot program to address substance abuse use disorder is expanding.

Justice said Friday that Berkeley and Jefferson counties will now be part of a project that provides prevention, early intervention, treatment and other resources to local communities.

Wyoming County was the first region to participate in the pilot program in 2018. The local community partnered with the state Office of Drug Control Policy and Marshall University to implement their project.

Berkeley and Jefferson counties will partner with West Virginia University in their efforts.

Justice says he prefers using small county-level pilot projects to test out initiatives rather than a “scattergun” approach of spreading limited funding across the state.