(July 31, 2019)
Duke Energy will give $250,000 to support Indiana’s opioid response plans, reports WBIW. The funds will support training programs and employment assistance in eleven counties. “As I visit the places we serve, I hear firsthand from our community leaders how this crisis affects their workforce and families,” Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar said. “Clearly there is a link between good health and economic wellbeing, and that’s the focus of this [funding] project.”
The funds will support two initiatives: Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) and Hamilton Center, Inc., (HCI). ITCC will use its $175,000 to create scholarships for students in nursing and addiction studies, training them to help the state’s opioid response. Because the school boasts strong medical programs, the new plan makes sense for the future. HCI will use its $75,000 to help patients afford opioid treatment. It’ll also help those already in treatment find employment. Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb praised Duke’s support: “This grant is a perfect example of private and public sectors partnering to make a real impact for rural Indiana. Some of our state’s best assets are collaborating to support two of our priorities: skilling up our workforce and tackling the drug epidemic.”
To learn more about Hamilton Center, Inc., look here. To find an opioid treatment center or doctor in Indiana, look here or here.