Easy Does It, Inc. has received a $50,000 grant from the Berks County District Attorney’s Office to help purchase and install a backup generator at its licensed recovery house in Bern Township. This grant is made possible through the opioid settlement funds allocated to the District Attorney’s office.
“EDI is a long standing and well-respected organization in Berks County,” stated District Attorney John Adams.
“Supporting EDI’s mission to help individuals recover from substance use disorders by providing housing and recovery support services is a key strategy to combat the devastating opioid epidemic plaguing our community. This is an excellent use of the opioid settlement funds, and this grant is the first installment of my office’s multi-year pledge to EDI,” he said.
Proudly serving and building a supportive recovery community for over 30 years, Easy Does It, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals recovering from the effects of substance use disorder.
“We are very grateful to District Attorney John Adams and his forward-thinking team,” stated EDI’s Executive Director Scott Althouse. “The opioid settlement funds are a new source of funding that will allow providers such as EDI to improve and expand recovery support services to Berks County residents.”
“EDI currently serves over 100 residents annually in our recovery house. Having a generator to provide backup power for the well pump, lighting, HVAC, and other infrastructure is a critical strategy to maintain the safety of our residents. This grant makes this possible,” he said.
Easy Does It, Inc. recovery house in Bern Township is licensed by the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and is strongly supported by the Council on Chemical Abuse, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Care Behavioral Health, and many other local organizations and individuals.
District Attorney John Adams signed up the Berks County District Attorney’s Office as a plaintiff in litigation against manufacturers and distributors of opioids. This litigation has resulted in various settlements providing funding that is commonly referred to as opioid settlement funds.
Funding has flowed to each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with additional allocations to District Attorney’s Offices who were named plaintiffs, such as the Berks County District Attorney’s Office. Exhibit E of the settlement agreement provides a list of opioid remediation uses and is broken down into core strategies and approved uses.