Portman Tours Mt. Gilead Maryhaven Center and Hosts Opioid Roundtable Discussion with the Morrow County Opiate Task Force

March 28, 2018 | Press Releases

MT. GILEAD, OH –U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured Mt. Gilead Maryhaven Center, an integrated behavioral health services provider specializing in addiction recovery, and hosted a roundtable discussion with the Morrow County Opiate Engagement Team today. Portman helped secure a $2 million grant through the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), part of which is being used in Morrow County to fight the drug epidemic with a peer support program and medically assisted treatment.

“It was great visiting the Mt. Gilead Maryhaven Center today. The dedication and engagement across Morrow County—through this facility, the Morrow County Opiate Engagement Team, and other local leaders—is an example of the unified effort needed to overcome the opioid epidemic gripping our state. Through our combined efforts, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction was awarded a $2 million grant through my CARA law, and I’m pleased to see some of that funding being used to expand access to medication-assisted treatment like this facility offers. The Maryhaven facilities are shining examples of what comprehensive addiction treatment can be. I recently introduced CARA 2.0 to increase federal funding established in my CARA law and to help direct the $6 billion over two years that was included in the recent budget agreement to combat the opioid epidemic. We need to direct those resources to evidence-based programs that really work and are making a real difference in our communities.”

NOTE: Portman has been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis. Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to right opioid abuse in the CURES Act and $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs through his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA). Recently, Portman introduced the bipartisan CARA 2.0 Act. This bill will build on the success of CARA, provide additional resources to help turn the tide of addiction, and put in place policy reforms that will strengthen the federal government’s response to this crisis.

Photos of the event are below: