Portman, Brown Announce More Than $29.1 Million in Funds to Address Ohio Opioid Crisis

Funds Will Help Expand Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Across the State

March 21, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the second installment of State Opioid Response (SOR) grants that includes a $29,122,692 grant to the Ohio Department of Health to address Ohio’s opioid epidemic. These funds will be used to expand access to addiction treatment that works, especially medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with appropriate social supports. The Ohio Department of Health will distribute these funds. 

“Ohio is making progress to combat the opioid epidemic with overdose deaths down 21 percent for the first half of 2018. The State Opioid Response grant will help our state continue to lead efforts to prevent drug abuse, treat individuals who become addicted, and help people get on a path to long-term recovery,” said Portman. 

“There isn’t a community in Ohio that hasn’t been touched by the addiction crisis, and we are doing all we can to fight it,” said Brown. “This much-needed investment will expand access to medication-assisted treatment that so many Ohioans rely on to help them in their recovery.” 

This investment is a part of HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) response grants. The grant program works to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment needs, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. 

Earlier this month, Senator Portman delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting his efforts to help turn the tide of addiction in Ohio and around the country.  And he specifically highlighted how his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), enacted in 2016, is making a difference by providing direct assistance to those on the frontlines in Ohio.  Whether it’s CARA, the 21st Century CURES Act, the CARA 2.0 Act, the STOP Act or other priorities, Portman will continue to take a leadership role in the U.S. Senate to combat this epidemic.