Over the past several months, NASADAD has received an increasing number of questions about the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR) grant programs, which are administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In response, we have created a timeline of STR and SOR that outlines key dates, such as: when grants were authorized; when Congress appropriated funds; when funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) were released; funding award periods for States for each of the grant programs; and more.
NASADAD has released a section-by-section summary of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271). The SUPPORT Act was signed into law on October 24, 2018, and contains several provisions related to Medicaid, Medicare, FDA, CDC, SAMHSA, ONDCP, and more.
On September 28, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6157, the FY 2019 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies. The enrolled bill provides full-year funding (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019) for programs within HHS, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other NASADAD priority programs. NASADAD created an overview of final FY 2019 funding levels for our priority programs within HHS, comparing them to FY 2018 levels.
On April 11, 2018, NASADAD’s Executive Director, Robert Morrison, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during its seventh bipartisan hearing focused on the opioid crisis. The Committee, which is led by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), released a discussion draft of the Opioid Crisis Response Act earlier in April, and during the hearing they sought input from witnesses on the bill, as well as other issues related to substance use disorders.
In addition to responding to certain provisions in the discussion draft, during his verbal testimony Mr. Morrison highlighted: the important role of the State alcohol and drug agencies; the critical role of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant as the cornerstone of the publicly funded system; and the use of State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant funds for comprehensive and innovative services.
Other witnesses who testified during the hearing were Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum (APF), and Jennifer Donahue, Child Abuse Investigation Coordinator for the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate.
Mr. Morrison’s written testimony, as well as the entire recording of the hearing, can be accessed here.
On February 12, 2018, the Administration released “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). NASADAD developed a summary of the Administration’s proposed funding levels for the Association’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as select programs within the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The document compares the President’s FY 2019 proposal to the final FY 2018 funding levels that were included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in March 2018.
Access NASADAD’s FY 2019 budget chart here.
On February 12, 2018, the Administration released “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). NASADAD has released a budget chart summarizing the Administration’s proposed funding levels for the Association’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as select programs within the Department of Justice (DOJ). The chart compares the President’s FY 2019 proposal to the final FY 2018 funding levels that were included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in March 2018.
Access the chart here.
On February 27, 2018, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced “CARA 2.0,” a bill that aims to build upon the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. CARA 2.0 increases the funding authorization levels of several CARA 2016 programs, and proposes policy changes to address the opioid crisis.
Access NASADAD’s summary of CARA 2.0 here.
NASADAD has updated its fact sheet on opioids to include the latest data on the topic, such as the recently released overdose death figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The fact sheet reviews prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl, and provides an epidemiological overview of the problem. Additionally, this iteration of the fact sheet highlights the continuum of care—prevention, treatment, and recovery—as it relates to opioids. Access the fact sheet here.