City hires help for substance-abuse initiative

The city has hired a company to help write grants for its Alliance on Substance Abuse Progress initiative.

The Columbus Board of Works on Tuesday agreed to enter into a contract up to $5,000 with Administrative Resources Association of Columbus to help write grants on the city’s behalf.

The firm, which will help identify grant opportunities, will be paid $60 per hour, according to the contract. It will also assist the city in preparing any required documents to close out any grants it has received.

The ASAP initiative, announced earlier this year, is led by retired Cummins engineer Jeff Jones, who serves in a volunteer capacity.

The initiative is overseen by three community leaders: Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Bartholomew County Commissioner Carol Lienhoop and Jim Bickel, president and CEO of Columbus Regional Health. The organizational structure of ASAP has actions teams focused on prevention, intervention and treatment and recovery from opiate addictions.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com