Arkansas doles out $2.5 million in grants to faith-based treatment centers

Five faith-based substance abuse treatment centers are the first ever to receive grants from the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

The $2.5 million awarded Friday will be split evenly between Little Rock's Better Community Development, SOZO Recovery Center in Jessieville, Clarksville, Safe Haven, Arkansas Recovery Ministries (ARM) 180 in DeWitt and Daughters of the Other Side in Higginson.

“Faith based initiatives are key for recovery for persons in need in Arkansas,” said Arkansas Substance Abuse Treatment Director Deborah Motley-Bledsoe in a news release. "A faith-based treatment recovery center is like any other type of rehab center. The purpose is the same, helping people fight substance use disorder, but the approach is different.”

The funding is available through a partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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