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October 5, 2022

Pressley Delivers $1 Million for Substance Use Programming at the Dimock Center

Federal Dollars to Help Launch Boston’s First Men’s Clinical Stabilization Program

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ROXBURY – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) visited The Dimock Center in Roxbury to celebrate $1 million in federal community project funding she secured to support substance use treatment and programming at the health center. The federal funding secured by Rep. Pressley will help The Dimock Center launch Boston’s first men’s clinical stabilization program.

Rep. Pressley was joined by Dimock Center leadership, patients, and staff for a roundtable discussion and press conference to highlight how this new federal funding will help folks in Roxbury and the greater Boston area recovering from substance use disorder.

“For too long, our nation has treated the crisis of addiction with criminalization and incarceration, rather than the compassion and care that it demands,” said Rep. Pressley. “This crisis is one that is deeply personal to me, which is why I was so proud to deliver this critical funding to help The Dimock Center launch the first-ever men’s clinical stabilization program in the City of Boston. The wealth of our nation is the health of our people, and this is the type of investment needed to support the health, wellbeing, and livelihoods of folks in Boston and beyond. I’m so grateful to Dr. Charles Anderson, Dimock staff, and our patients and advocates for their partnership in getting this critical project across the finish line.”

“We are so thankful for Congresswoman Pressley’s tireless advocacy on behalf of our community members impacted by substance use disorder,” said Dr. Charles Anderson, President & CEO of The Dimock Center. “Thanks to her efforts in securing this $1M Federal funding, we are one step closer to filling a critical gap in Boston’s addiction recovery services and restoring hope for so many battling with this difficult disease.”

View photos from the event here and watch the recorded livestream here.

More information about The Dimock Center’s men’s clinical stabilization program is available here.

Rep. Pressley secured the federal funding for Dimock in the government spending package that passed Congress and was signed into law by President Biden in March. In total, Rep. Pressley secured over $8 million for 10 community projects across the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, capping off nearly a year of advocacy by Rep. Pressley and local leaders.

In March, she visited La Colaborativa in Chelsea to celebrate the $300,000 in federal community project funding that she delivered for La Colaborativa’s COVID Employment Recovery Program, and in April she visited Randolph to deliver $1,000,000 in federal community project funding for a new school-based community health center at Randolph High School. In May, she visited Bunker Hill Community College to celebrate the $1,000,000 in federal community project funding she secured to expand the City of Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College program.

In June, Rep. Pressley visited the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology to deliver $300,000 in direct federal funding for the development of a Clean Energy Building Automation Systems certificate and associate degree program. In August, Rep. Pressley visited John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Randolph to deliver $275,000 in federal community project funding for culturally responsive resources and digital literacy tools for Randolph Public Schools.