Portman Working to Ensure Timely Implementation of CARA

January 31, 2017 | Press Releases

The heroin and prescription drug epidemic is having a devastating impact on Ohio families and communities. That’s why Senator Portman worked tirelessly to get his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) signed into law, and that’s why he is now working hard to make sure that CARA is implemented as quickly as possible. CARA represents a comprehensive approach to expanding education, treatment, and recovery services to help combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. Thanks in large part to Portman’s efforts, key components of CARA are now being implemented. That is in addition to his efforts to secure more funding for this crisis.  The following is a quick recap of resources authorized by CARA that are now available to help turn the tide of addiction: 

  • Funding for Drug Courts and Veterans Courts Now Available

Authorized by CARA, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is now seeking applications to establish or enhance drug court services, including treatment and recovery support services for states and local communities. For more information, go here.

  • Funding for Addiction Recovery Services Now Available

Authorized by CARA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is expected to award 10 grants totaling $1.5 million, including $150,000 for Ohio, for the remainder of FY 2017 to support addiction recovery services. For more information, go here.

  • Resources to Help Local Communities Combat the Heroin Epidemic Now Available

Authorized by CARA, the DOJ is now accepting applications for a new grant program that will provide additional resources for a number of key priorities, including treatment, recovery services, and diversion programs that serve as an alternative to incarceration. For more information, go here.

  • Expanding Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

Authorized by CARA, SAMHSA is expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe MAT to treat an opioid use disorder. For more information, go here.