In Seneca County, Portman Participates in Discussion with Local Leaders on the Frontlines of the Drug Crisis
Nearly $790,000 in Federal Opioid Funding Portman Fought For Has Been Awarded to Local Mental Health and Recovery Services Board in Recent Years
TIFFIN, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a discussion with leadership from the Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, 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 $790,000 in federal funding awarded to the Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Mental Health and Recovery Services Board in recent years. This includes $252,000 this year as part of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding, funding Portman fought to secure, and more than $534,000 over the last two years in grants made possible by the Portman-authored Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA).
“I had a productive meeting today with leadership from the Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, first responders, local elected leaders, and other regional stakeholders on the frontlines about how the drug epidemic is impacting communities throughout these counties,” said Portman. “I’ve worked to help secure federal opioid funding and this community is making terrific use of the grant money it has been awarded. I know these additional resources will help save lives, and 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.”
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. Lastly, Portman recently introduced new legislation – the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act – to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of psychostimulants.
Photos from the event are below: