$658 Million for CARA Grants in Final FY 2020 Funding Bill to be Signed Into Law

December 19, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced the Senate passage of the final FY 2020 funding bill, which includes $658 million for grants through his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) that became law in 2016. This funding marks the largest investment in Portman’s CARA grant program since it was enacted into law. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature.

AS Ohioans of every age continue to suffer from addiction, I’m pleased that we have been able to continue increasing CARA funding that is making a real difference in our communities,” said Portman.This $658 million will help state and local health officials, prevention experts, treatment providers, and law enforcement to work together to address this epidemic. I’m grateful for the progress that we have made in combating this epidemic thanks to CARA and will continue to make thanks to this funding and the inclusion of my Combating Meth and Cocaine legislation to give states more flexibility in how they use federal opioid funding to address the resurgence of meth and cocaine. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to make sure those on the ground, our community leaders, first responders, and family members have the support and funding they need to continue their work to fight this epidemic.”

 

Summary of CARA Appropriations 

CARA Programs

CARA Authorization in 2016

CARA Appropriations for FY 2017

CARA Funding for FY 2018

CARA Funding for FY 2019

CARA Funding for FY 2020

National Campaign

$5 Million

 

$10 Million

$10 Million

$10 Million

Naloxone for First Responders

$12 Million

$24 Million

$36 Million

$36 Million

$41 Million

Expanded Drug Treatment

$25 Million

$67 Million

$95 Million

$100 Million

$100 Million

Recovery Support Services

$1 Million

$3 Million

$5 Million

$6 Million

$10 Million

Treatment for Women

$17.9 Million

$19 Million

$30 Million

$30 Million

$32 Million

Veterans Treatment Courts

$6 Million

 

$20 Million

$22 Million

$22 Million

Infant Plan of Safe Care

 

 

$60 Million

$60 Million

$60 Million

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program

$103 Million

$103 Million

$310 Million

$325 Million

$325 Million

Grants for Co-Prescribing Naloxone

$1 Million

$1 Million

$1 Million

$1 Million

$1 Million

Coalition Enhancement Grant

$5 Million

 

$5 Million

$5 Million

$5 Million

Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act

 

$50 Million

$56 Million

$52 Million

$52 Million

Total

$180.9 Million

$ 267 Million

$608 Million

$647 Million

$ 658 Million

 NOTE: Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s drug addiction epidemic. Portman is the author of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) that became law in 2016 and provides resources for evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs to help people overcome their addiction. The most recent bipartisan funding agreement funded these CARA programs at $647 million, much higher than the authorized amount. Portman’s CARA 2.0 Act would increase these authorization levels further.  

In addition, Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse in the 21st Century CURES Act. He’s also fought for more overall funding to fight addiction, helping to secure more than $4 billion in new funding over the last few years between CARA, CURES, and other programs. Portman recently announced that his Combating Meth & Cocaine Act – to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of meth and cocaine was included in the final FY 2020 funding bill. He also introduced the FIGHT Fentanyl Act to permanently list fentanyl-related substances as criminally scheduled drugs.

 

 

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