Portman Announces Distribution of $26 Million in Federal Funding to Fight the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

August 9, 2018 | Press Releases

Portman Helped Secure the Opioid Funding in the 21st Century CURES Law Enacted in 2016 

CINCINNATI, OH– Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced the distribution of $26 million in funding through 21st Century CURES law to fight the opioid epidemic. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction has distributed the $26 million through Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) boards in local Ohio communities and state-wide initiatives. This is the second year in a row Ohio has received $26 million in funding. 

“This is terrific news for Ohio, and these new funds will help continue our efforts to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic gripping our state,” Portman said. “I was proud to help secure the opioid funding included in the CURES legislation, and I have seen firsthand how this law is making a difference across our state. This is another positive step forward, but we must do more, and that’s why I continue to push for common-sense solutions like the STOP Act and CARA 2.0 that will help us turn the tide of addiction in Ohio and around the country.” 

The following counties received funding this year through the CURES law: 

  • ADAMH board for Adams, Lawrence, and Scioto counties: $345,839
  • Mental Health and Recovery Health Board in Ashland County: $65,172
  • ADAMH board for Ashtabula County: $156,203
  • ADAMH board for Athens, Hocking, and Vinton counties: $225,860
  • Mental Health and Recovery Board for Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe counties: $240,000
  • ADAMH board for Brown County: $145,000
  • ADAMH board for Butler County: $833,882
  • ADAMH board for Clark, Green, and Madison counties: $586,651
  • ADAMH board for Clermont County: $469,756
  • ADAMH board for Clinton and Warren counties: $362,980
  • ADAMH board for Columbiana County: $176,433
  • ADAMH board for Crawford and Marion counties: $240,000
  • ADAMH board for Cuyahoga County: $1,375,013
  • ADAMH board for Erie and Ottawa counties: $216,317
  • ADAMH board for Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties: $573,667
  • ADAMH board for Franklin County: $1,181,835
  • ADAMH board for Gallia, Jackson, and Meigs counties: $256,203
  • Mental Health and Recovery Services Board for Geauga County: $110,688
  • ADAMH board for Hamilton County: $1,390,185
  • ADAMH board for Hancock County: $95,516
  • ADAMH board for Huron County: $120,802
  • ADAMH board for Jefferson County: $141,031
  • ADAMH board for Lake County: $297,808
  • ADAMH board for Logan and Champaign counties: $170,802
  • ADAMH board for Lorain County: $393,896
  • ADAMH board for Lucas County: $565,845
  • ADAMH board for Mahoning County: $146,000
  • ADAMH board for Mercer, VanWert, and Paulding counties: $190,458
  • ADAMH board for Montgomery County: $1,213,179
  • ADAMH board for Muskingum County: $222,490
  • ADAMH board for Preble County: $100,573
  • ADAMH board for Putnam County: $65,172
  • ADAMH board for Stark County: $318,000
  • ADAMH board for Summit County: $666,991
  • ADAMH board for Trumbull County: $353,438
  • ADAMH board Tuscarawas and Carroll counties: $155,630
  • ADAMH board for Union County: $72,287
  • ADAMH board for Washington County: $95,516
  • Mental Health and Recovery Board for Wayne and Holmes counties: $170,700
  • ADAMH board for Williams, Fulton, Defiance, and Henry counties: $285,000
  • ADAMHS board for Wood County: $93,439         

NOTE: The funding originates from the 21st Century CURES legislation enacted in December 2016 that provided $1 billion over two years nationally to fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. Portman urged that opioid funding be included in the CURES package, and the funding awarded to states can be used for improving prescription drug monitoring programs, prevention, training for health care workers, and improving access to treatment for individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. 

This funding complements the additional resources Portman has secured through his Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) legislation and the additional $3 billion in opioid funding in the bipartisan budget agreement enacted earlier this year. Increasing funding is just one aspect of Portman’s efforts to combat this epidemic.  The House recently passed Portman’s bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which would help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl from being shipped into the U.S., and Portman is urging the Senate to pass it as quickly as possible.  In addition, Portman’s bipartisan CARA 2.0 Act designed to build on the success of CARA and provide additional resources and strengthen the federal government’s response to this crisis.