The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump will deliver an $2 billion gift to help fund the VA’s efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths.
The White Outreach Center will also receive an additional $2 million.
The gift comes at a time when the Trump administration has faced criticism over its response to the opioid crisis.
“The President is making the largest contribution to this important national initiative in history, and this will not only help save lives, but also improve our nation’s public health,” the White House said in a statement.
“It is essential that we ensure that those who overdose are treated and supported, and that those addicted to opioids are able to get the help they need to get back on their feet.”
Trump will give $1.2 billion to the White Outcome Centers and other initiatives, which will help combat opioid addiction, the White outreach center said.
The program will also include $2,500 per patient per year for overdose treatment, as well as additional funds to fund community-based treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Trump has been criticized for not having made the funding announcement during his visit to VA hospitals this week.
He and his wife, Melania, visited the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, but he was not in the VA hospital itself, according to a White House official.