President Signs into Law Spanberger Legislation to Provide $1 Million to Build a 24-Hour Detox and Recovery Center in Henrico County

This Funding will Help Address a Critical Gap in Substance Abuse Treatment Services Available in Henrico

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden today signed into law U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s legislation to provide $1 million to build a 24-hour center to provide same-day inpatient detox services in Henrico County.

The funding for a Henrico County Detox and Recovery Center — which Spanberger successfully secured as part of a House and Senate-passed fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations package — will be used to address a critical gap that exists in the continuum of substance abuse treatment services available in the county.

“In the wake of the pandemic, Virginia is experiencing record rates of overdose. In the face of this devastation and heartbreak, we must make treatment and recovery services more available and accessible throughout the Commonwealth,” said Spanberger. “I want to thank Henrico County leaders for their engagement with my office on this project and for their support for those struggling with addiction. My hope is that this funding will build stronger paths to recovery for many of our neighbors in Henrico and across the greater Richmond area — and I look forward to the Henrico Detox and Recovery Center’s construction in the very near future.”

“The Henrico Detox Center will address a critical gap in the community by providing 24-hour support and services to residents who are struggling with addiction,” said Tyrone E. Nelson, Henrico County Board of Supervisors, Varina Magisterial District & Co-Chairman, Henrico Recovery Roundtable. “This federal funding will help us to transform and save lives. Henrico is grateful for Representative Spanberger’s leadership and support in this effort. With our site now being cleared for construction, we look forward to the center’s opening in 2024.”

The idea for the center came from the Henrico Recovery Roundtable — which was co-chaired by two members of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and included representatives from local health departments, law enforcement, health care providers, and key civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP.

BACKGROUND

This year, the U.S. House of Representatives implemented a new effort as part of its annual appropriations process, which allowed for specific Community Project Funding requests — like the detox and recovery center. Spanberger worked directly with community leaders in all 10 counties of the Seventh District to gather community-focused requests for her submissions. Click here for a full list of her submissions.

The Community Project Funding process was created to ensure that Members of Congress, in concert with the communities they represent, may submit direct applications for federal funding to support locally planned projects as part of the yearly appropriations process.

To be eligible, projects must be sponsored by local or state government entities or non-profit organizations and must be projects that would otherwise meet the qualifications to apply for federal grant funding. The purpose of Community Project Funding is to ensure direct, local engagement as part of the federal appropriations process. In line with this goal, funding applications must demonstrate significant local support for the projects. 

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