VIDEO: Portman’s CARA & CURES Grants Helping to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio
Earlier this week, Senator Portman visited two communities in Ohio that are benefiting from grant funding made available through his Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), which he authored, and the 21st Century CURES Act, which he helped enact. In Sidney, he toured Shelby County’s “Sheriff’s Treatment and Recovery” (STAR) House, a soon-to-be-opened, transitional treatment house that will provide a safe and sober living environment for former prisoners. He also met with the Tri-County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board, which is using a $534,750 CARA grant to fund medication-assisted treatment. In Celina, Portman participated in an opioid roundtable with the local ADAMH board, law enforcement and local community leaders to highlight the $190,458 grant made possible by CURES law. Here’s a video recapping his visits:
Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. Whether it was authoring the Drug-Free Communities Act to help stand up community-based coalitions to prevent drug abuse during his time in the House of Representatives, enacting signature legislation like his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) to combat addiction and his Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act to combat the rise of fentanyl, or fighting for additional opioid funding for Ohio, Portman has taken a leadership role in fighting for more effective resources to combat this epidemic. The STOP Act was signed into law by President Trump last week.
Over the past year, much of the additional opioid funding that Portman has fought for has begun to provide direct assistance to those on the frontlines in Ohio. Portman’s CARA law authorized an additional $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs to support evidenced-based prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The most recent bipartisan funding agreement actually funded these CARA programs at $608 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 approximately $3 billion in new opioid funding in the most recent bipartisan funding agreement.