$450,000 in state funding given to Save the Michaels

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(WIVB) — A local group has been given more money in the fight against the opioid crisis.

Save the Michaels is a non-profit that helps people who are recovering, and those affected by the opioid epidemic.

$450,000 was set aside in the state budget for this group.

This will help the group purchase a new transport vehicle, and hire more drivers, peer and family recovery coaches and case managers.

There are also plans to expand services into rural areas that have been lacking resources.

“Everything that we do is about the community,” Avi Israel, president & founder of Save the Michaels, said. “Everything that we do is about making sure that not a single person gets denied treatment, not a single person gets told ‘come back tomorrow or next week,’ and not a single person gets denied help.”

The organization was founded in memory of Michael David Israel, the son of Avi and Julie Israel.

Michael overdosed on opioids and died.

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