Shaheen Helps Secure $735.5 Million in Additional Opioid Treatment Resources in Government Funding Bill, Including Full Funding Specified in the 21st Century Cures Act & Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery ActMay 01, 2017
**SHAHEEN: “Treatment providers are in desperate need of additional resources, and this new funding signals that more help is on the way”**
**Shaheen also led efforts as the lead Democrat on key Appropriations subcommittee to also include $160 million in funding for opioid response programs at the Department of Justice, an increase of $35.5 million over last year**
(Washington, DC)—Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after bipartisan government funding legislation was released that contains additional federal resources to fight the opioid epidemic. Overall, this legislation provides an increase of $735.5 million in treatment resources, as well as an increase of $35.5 million for Department of Justice programs over the previous year. It's expected that the House and the Senate will vote on this legislation this week.
“Treatment providers are in desperate need of additional resources, and this new funding signals that more help is on the way,” said Shaheen. “I’m very relieved that the progress made last year by passing the 21st Century Cures Act and CARA is fully funded in this legislation. Until we get control of this crisis, I'll continue to fight for funding to support life-saving efforts. After this legislation is signed into law, it will be critical that this new funding be distributed to those who need it most on the frontlines. I look forward to my on-going discussions with the Trump administration to make sure that, as this funding is allocated, states like New Hampshire that are reeling from this epidemic, are appropriately prioritized.”
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