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$4.5M in grants available to support veteran suicide prevention, addiction

Crystal Graham
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The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will award $4.5 million in grants to support veteran suicide prevention and opioid addiction services.

The Suicide Prevention and Opioid Addiction Services, or SOS program of DVS, aims to enhance the understanding of suicide prevention and opioid addiction among service members, veterans, and their families and build community support capacity to ensure the right help is available for military-connected citizens and families.

The SOS program is formally soliciting a Request for Applications, or RFA, to establish awards for community-based suicide prevention and opioid addiction services and programs in the Commonwealth.

Grant funds will be used to promote the use of evidence-based practices such as peer support, crisis intervention, behavioral health focused prevention, treatment, and recovery support.

“DVS is pleased to have a key role in enhancing Virginia’s behavioral health system of care, ultimately ensuring we are providing the best quality of service to the SMVF community.
These grant funds offer a critical and timely opportunity to provide extended resources across the Commonwealth,” said Daniel Gade, Commissioner of DVS.

To be considered for selection, applicants are to submit a complete response to the RFA no later than Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.

The application is available here.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.