Portman Announces Two More CARA Grants for Addiction Recovery Services Now Up & Running

May 4, 2017 | Press Releases

Portman Ready to Support Ohio Efforts to Secure New CARA Grant Funding for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women & for Recovery Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that Ohio is eligible to receive funding for addiction recovery services under two new grant programs authorized as part of his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) – which President Obama signed into law last year.  He issued the following statement:

“Our communities are in crisis right now as more and more Ohioans of every age suffer from addiction. The rate of babies born already dependent on drugs has increased sevenfold in the last decade. When we drafted CARA, we identified the lack of recovery services and services for pregnant and postpartum women as some of Ohio’s biggest unmet needs and that’s why CARA provides these critical resources. I’ve visited a lot of the facilities—like Amethyst and Maryhaven in Columbus—and I’ve seen firsthand that they work. I want to thank Secretary Price and the Department of Health and Human Services getting these programs up and running. They’ll make a big difference. I look forward to supporting Ohio efforts to secure this funding and ensuring that the rest of CARA is implemented as quickly as possible.”

NOTE: The Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for two new CARA grant programs.  They include:

  • CARA’s Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women.  The purpose of the program is to: 1) support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, including opioid disorders; 2) help state substance abuse agencies address the continuum of care, including services provided to women in nonresidential-based settings; and 3) to encourage new approaches and models of service delivery
  • CARA’s Building Communities of Recovery Grant. The purpose of this program is increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from drug addiction. These grants will support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as promote education about recovery. Programs will be principally governed by people in recovery from drug addiction who reflect the community served.  Grant recipients may use funds to build connections between recovery networks and conduct public education and outreach on issues relating to addiction and recovery.

Please contact Linda Greenwood, Grant Coordinator for Senator Portman, at linda_greenwood@portman.senate.gov if you need assistance in applying for one of these grants.