In Butler County, Portman Tours Jail and Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Local Leaders on Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

January 4, 2019 | Press Releases

$2.9 Million in Grants Through Portman’s CARA, CURES, and Drug-Free Communities Act Laws Are Making a Difference in the Butler County 

HAMILTON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured the Butler County Jail to see the Behavioral Health program that is funded by grants through the 21st Century CURES Act – which included opioid funding Portman fought to secure.  Following the tour, Portman participated in an opioid roundtable discussion with law enforcement, Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board, and Butler County Family and Children First Council to highlight local efforts to solve the drug epidemic. In addition, they discussed the federal funding Portman has helped secure to support the county’s efforts, including a $797,749 grant made possible by Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act legislation, the $1.4 million in grants made possible by the 21st Century CURES Act, and the $625,000 in grants through Portman’s Drug-Free Communities Act

“I had a productive meeting today with community leaders and the Butler County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services Board to discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting the county,” said Portman. “The Board is making terrific use of the funding they received through CARA, CURES, and Drug-Free Communities funding, and I’m pleased to see it is making a difference. Their approach to addressing addiction and its grip on our communities is exactly what is needed to help turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in Ohio. I will continue to work with local groups and community leaders to help ensure they have the support and funding they need to continue their good work.” 

Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.  Whether it was authoring the Drug-Free Communities Act to help stand up community-based coalitions to prevent drug abuse during his time in the House of Representatives, enacting signature legislation like his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and his Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act to combat the rise of fentanyl, or fighting for additional opioid funding for Ohio, Portman has taken a leadership role in fighting for more effective resources to combat this epidemic. The STOP Act was signed into law by President Trump last year. 

Much of the additional opioid funding that Portman has fought for has begun to provide direct assistance to those on the frontlines in Ohio.  Portman’s CARA law authorized an additional $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs to support evidenced-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs.  The most recent bipartisan funding agreement actually funded these CARA programs at $608 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 ActHe’s also fought for more overall opioid funding, and helped secure approximately $3 billion in new opioid funding in the most recent bipartisan funding agreement. 

Photos from the event are below: