Butler County’s MHARS Board was awarded $797,749, which will assist in expanding overdose outreach and diversion efforts in municipal courts, training and education for first responders, teachers and children’s services workers, and outreach and prevention services to children impacted by substance abuse.
Additionally, the board plans to incorporate a research partner through Miami University to develop evidence-based approaches to engaging children of opiate-addicted parents.
OPIOID SERIES: Pace of overdose deaths has slowed this year in Butler County
Hamilton County was awarded $500,000, which sought the money on behalf of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, and Warren County was awarded $800,000, which will seek to create and evaluate a rapid response intervention program for children known as Child Assessment and Response Evaluation, or CARE.
"I'm pleased that my CARA legislation is making a difference," said Portman. "Recently, Congress passed by my bipartisan (Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention) Act, legislation to help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl from being shipped into our communities, and lifted the cap on Medicaid funding for residential treatment facilities through my bipartisan Improving CARE Act. These measures will be signed into law next week."
Portman also authored the Drug-Free Communities Act to help stand up community-based coalitions to prevent drug abuse during his time in the House of Representatives, secured $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse in the bipartisan 21st Century CURES Act. The Senate has passed hisSTOP Act.