The federal Department of Justice has awarded $1 million to the Dutchess County Health Department to combat opioid abuse, according to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, whose district in Congress includes the Highlands.

The funds will be used to improve the sharing of information between local and state agencies on substance-abuse issues, his office said.

Dutchess County, meanwhile, awarded more than $2 million in funding to 14 projects through its Municipal Innovation Grant program, including four that benefit Beacon.

The state agreed to spend $75,000 to evaluate human resources management practices in Beacon and three other nearby cities; $75,000 to add a detective to the county Child Advocacy Center; $257,000 for crisis intervention training for officers in municipalities that include Beacon; and $825,000 for the Dutchess County Drug Task Force.

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