Portman Legislation Provided Nearly $400,000 for Opioid Treatment Program 

COLUMBUS, O.H. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a roundtable and saw firsthand how grant money awarded through his Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) law is being used to fund a local program called SAFE (Stop Addiction For Everyone) Stations. The SAFE Stations Program is a joint effort between Whitehall’s Division of Fire and Division of Police, the Heart of Ohio Family Health Center, and Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center.  It allows people age 18 or older to go to the fire station and ask for help with their addiction.  A firefighter or paramedic will conduct a medical evaluation, and the individual can then get taken to a recovery and treatment specialist. 

Recently, the Department of Justice awarded Franklin County a $399,999 CARA community enhancement grant to fund this collaborative program between the County and the City of Whitehall.  Portman was the author of the bipartisan CARA legislation, signed into law in 2016, which is now providing additional resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have proven to work.  

I’m excited to see that the community of Whitehall is benefitting from this substantial grant through my bipartisan CARA legislation, and it was great to see their hard work firsthand this afternoon,” said Portman. “These new funds will help combat the prescription drug and opioid epidemic gripping the Central Ohio area. I was proud to author the CARA legislation and help secure additional opioid funding in the bipartisan budget agreement, and this legislation is clearly benefiting our state. We must do more, and that’s why I continue to push for common-sense solutions like the STOP Act and CARA 2.0 that will help us turn the tide of addiction in Ohio and around the country.” 

NOTE: Portman has been a leader in the U.S. Senate in securing funding to help address this crisis.  Earlier this year, he helped secure an additional $3 billion in opioid funding in the bipartisan budget agreement. In addition, he recently introduced the bipartisan CARA 2.0 Act, which is designed to build on the success of CARA and increase funding for CARA programs to strengthen the federal government’s response to this crisis. Moreover, the House recently passed Portman’s bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which is designed to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers here in the United States. He is urging the Senate to pass it as quickly as possible. 


Photos from the event are below: