Portman Visits Refuge Ministries, a Faith-Based Rehabilitation Facility in Columbus

July 8, 2019 | Press Releases

COLUMBUS– Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured Refuge Ministries—a faith-based rehabilitation facility—and met with leadership and individuals who have successfully completed the faith-based,13-month program. 

“I was honored to visit and tour The Refuge Ministries today. The Refuge uses a faith-based, holistic approach to help those suffering from drug addiction,” said Portman. “I heard today from President and Founder, Tom Thompson, on how The Refuge is helping people improve their fundamental relationships to help save lives and help turn the tide of the opioid epidemic in the Central Ohio region and across Ohio. I was also encouraged to hear about their 100 percent success rate in helping these individuals find meaningful employment.”

Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. His CARA law authorized an additional $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs to support evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. Over the last three years, Ohio has received roughly $32 million from Portman’s CARA legislation.  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 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. 

Video from the visit is below: