Portman Ready to Support Ohio Efforts to Secure New CARA Grant Funding for Recovery Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that Ohio is eligible to receive $150,000 for addiction recovery services under a new grant program authorized as part of his bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) – which President Obama signed into law last year. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is expected to award 10 grants totaling $1.5 million for the remainder of FY 2017.  Additional grant funding will be available for Ohio and other states in future fiscal years.  This marks the first time ever that the federal government will support recovery support services, and builds on the announcement from earlier this month that funding for drug and veterans courts are now available.  Portman released the following statement:

“Our communities are in crisis right now. When we drafted CARA, we identified the lack of recovery services as one of Ohio’s biggest unmet needs and that’s why CARA provides additional resources to help people sustain long-term recovery.  Because the federal government is committing resources to support recovery services for the first time ever, this is a landmark day. With this grant program up and running, and with funding for drug and veterans courts also now available, we are beginning to see the positive impact that CARA can make for those suffering from addiction. I look forward to supporting Ohio efforts to secure this funding and ensuring that the rest of CARA implemented as quickly as possible.”

NOTE: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today that Recovery Community Organizations are eligible to apply for this grant.  Recovery Community Organizations are independent, non-profit organizations led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery.  To ensure that recovery communities are fully represented, only organizations controlled and managed by members of the addiction recovery community are eligible to apply.  Eligible applicants must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and the organization submitting the application must be a domestic non-profit recovery community organization for a minimum of at least two years.

The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 20, 2017.

Please contact Linda Greenwood, Grant Coordinator for Senator Portman, at linda_greenwood@portman.senate.gov if you are in need of assistance.

For more information, please see the SAMHSA announcement here.

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