In Huron County, Portman Participates in Discussion with Local Leaders on Frontlines of the Drug Crisis
Nearly $250,000 in Federal Funding Has Been Awarded to Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Recent Years to Fight the Addiction Crisis
NORWALK, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a discussion with leadership from the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, first responders, local elected leaders, and other regional stakeholders on the frontlines about local efforts to combat the drug addiction epidemic.
The discussion highlighted the nearly $250,000 in federal funding awarded to the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services in recent years. This includes more than $127,000 this year as part of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding, and more than $120,000 last year in grants made possible by the 21st Century CURES Act – funding that Portman has fought to secure.
“I had a productive meeting today with leadership from the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, first responders, local elected leaders, and other regional stakeholders on how the drug addiction epidemic is impacting communities in Huron County,” said Portman. “This community is making terrific use of the grant money it has been awarded, and I know these additional resources will help save lives. I will continue to work with local communities across Ohio to help ensure they have the support and funding they need to continue their good work.”
NOTE: 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.
Photos from the event are below: