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Warren County seeks $800,000 opioid epidemic grant

Warren County is applying for an $800,000 federal grant to study first-responder relationships and how they impact responses when children are involved in overdose calls. Pictured are emergency responders in Harlan Twp. STAFF / RICHARD WILSON
Warren County is applying for an $800,000 federal grant to study first-responder relationships and how they impact responses when children are involved in overdose calls. Pictured are emergency responders in Harlan Twp. STAFF / RICHARD WILSON

Warren County is applying for an $800,000 federal grant to study first-responder relationships and how they respond when children are involved in overdose calls.

The commissioners agreed to make the application after a debate about whether the county needed to take federal dollars and whether it wanted to develop a new system to deal with these cases.

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The grant would come through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime.

The grants are designed to result in planning and implementing comprehensive programs in response to the “growing opioid epidemic,” according to application materials.

After a debate, the two commissioners in attendance agreed to go forward with the application in order to make June 7 deadline.

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Last year, the the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board Board for Montgomery County (Dayton) was awarded $500,000 through the federal program.

Commissioner Shannon Jones said the idea would be to develop a new protocol for providing needed services to children affected by overdoses that could be used around the country.

Commissioner Dave Young expressed hesitancy about accepting federal dollars and the potential cost implications.

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The county’s children’s services budget has grown in recent years to $8.3 million, in part due to the effects of the opioid epidemic on Warren County families, according to officials.

Staff writers Richard Wilson and Chris Stewart contributed to this report.