In Columbus, Portman Delivers Remarks at Maryhaven’s Restoring Lives Breakfast
Portman Highlights His Efforts to Secure $1 Million for Maryhaven Through the Bipartisan 21st Century CURES Law
COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was in Central Ohio, where he delivered remarks at Maryhaven’s Restoring Lives Breakfast. Maryhaven is Central Ohio’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral health services provider specializing in addiction recovery.
“I enjoyed seeing so many friends at Maryhaven’s Restoring Lives Breakfast today. Our communities are in crisis right now as more and more Ohioans of every age suffer from addiction. I appreciate everything that the Maryhaven organization is doing to implement innovative ways to combat this crisis,” said Portman. “The Maryhaven facilities are shining examples of what comprehensive addiction treatment can be. They are making terrific use of the grant money it has been awarded, and I know they are saving lives. I will continue to work with local communities and organizations across Ohio to help ensure they have the support and funding they need to continue their good work.”
“The opioid epidemic continues to tear apart families in our community. In 2017, there were 4,293 overdose fatalities in Ohio. That’s a rate of 39.2 deaths per 100,000 persons. Second highest rate in the country. These numbers are sobering, these numbers are real, and they should provide a daily reminder that we can’t just wish this problem away,” said Maryhaven CEO Shawn Holt. “We need volunteers and advocates, and we need sustainable funding to combat this terrible disease. I am more convinced now more than ever that we have what it takes. Ohio is a great state made up of individuals who genuinely care about others. Senator Portman is someone who embodies those same characteristics. He has been a tremendous advocate for Maryhaven and Ohio.”
In 2017, Maryhaven received $1 million in funding through the 21st Century CURES Act to help open its Columbus stabilization center that offers crisis intervention, detoxification, and intensive treatment for people who have experienced a life-threatening overdose. Prior to the center opening, Portman visited to see firsthand how the federal dollars would be used to expand this life-saving center. Portman also visited Maryhaven locations in Morrow and Franklin counties in March of 2018.
Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s opioid 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 actually 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 opioid funding, and helped secure more than $4 billion in new opioid funding over the last few years between CARA, CURES and other opioid programs. Lastly, Portman recently introduced new legislation – the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act – to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of psychostimulants.
Photos from the event are below: