CARA Grant Programs Will Help Address America’s Opioid Crisis, Including in Ohio

CINCINNATI, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s announcement of four new Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) grants to help prevent and treat opioid addiction gripping communities in Ohio:

“These four new grants will help those on the frontlines in Ohio combat this crisis as we work together to turn the tide of addiction. I’m pleased to see that my CARA legislation is being implemented and funded to address the comprehensive challenge of combatting addiction. While these CARA grant programs are now being funded, we have much more ahead of us. In the coming months, I hope Congress will act to pass the bipartisan legislation to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl from being shipped into our communities, help stop overprescribing, and lift the cap on Medicaid funding for residential treatment facilities.”

NOTE: The following four grant awards for Ohio include:

  • $500,000 in first responders grant funding for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board Board for Montgomery County (Dayton).
  • $500,000 in first responders grant funding for the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County.
  • $493,080 in first responders grant funding for the Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
  • $2 million for the Ohio State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Columbus.

These grants build upon authorizations in Senator Portman’s recently signed-into-law and bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA). This legislation ensures that federal resources are focused on evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have proven effective in local communities so that it can make a difference in people’s lives. Portman is currently working to get his bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, legislation as well as his Prescription Drug Monitoring Act, and Medicaid CARE Act signed into law.

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