In Dayton, Portman Participates in an Opioid Roundtable Discussion With Law Enforcement, Montgomery County Public Health, and the County ADAMH Services Board

September 19, 2018 | Press Releases

$2 Million Dollar Grant Secured by Portman Through CARA Law Making a Difference in Montgomery County 

DAYTON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in an opioid roundtable discussion with the Montgomery County ADAMH Services Board, local law enforcement, and the Montgomery County Public Health to highlight a three-year, $2 million first responders grant that was made possible through his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA). In addition, the Montgomery County ADAMH Services Board received $670,000 in 2017 and $1.2 million in 2018 from the bipartisan 21st Century CURES Act, which Portman helped enact. This grant funds their Treatment Team’s home-based services in partnership with public health as well as Ambulatory Withdrawal Management that is embedded within local emergency departments, agencies, and the mental health crisis center.

“I had a productive meeting today with the Montgomery County Public Health, the County ADAMH Services Board, and law enforcement today to discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting the community of Dayton,” said Portman. “The Montgomery County ADAMH Services Board is making terrific use of the funding they received through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill I authored that became law in 2016. Their comprehensive 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’m pleased to see that several provisions in my CARA 2.0 bill passed the Senate earlier this week and will expand CARA’s funding levels to strengthen the federal response in combatting addiction. My STOP Act, which also passed the Senate this week, will help on the front end by keeping more synthetic drugs like fentanyl out of Ohio. This problem won’t be solved at the federal level, but I am working to help local groups like the ones I met with today 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, the Senate passing 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. 

Over the past 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. 

Pictures from the event are below: