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House Passes Increase in Funding for Opioid Treatment, Prevention Following Rose-led Push

Congressmen’s bipartisan effort resulted in $129 million increase in SAMHSA funding

Washington, June 19, 2019

Following a bipartisan push of more than 50 Members of Congress led by Congressman Max Rose to increase funding for opioid prevention and treatment efforts, the House of Representatives today passed legislation that increases funding to the agency responsible for supporting these efforts by $129 million.

“The opioid epidemic is the greatest public health crisis facing our community, with fentanyl-laced heroin and other opioids killing far too many of our loved ones,” said Rose, a member of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioids Task Force. “While there’s no silver bullet to end this crisis, this increase in funding will go a long way to support the incredible work being done on the front lines right here in our community, and I look forward to continuing to support those efforts.”

The legislation passed by the House of Representatives today funds Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at $5.9 billion, $129 million above the 2019 enacted level and $193 million above the President’s budget request. The SAMHSA funding includes $3.8 billion for substance use treatment, an increase of $24 million, including continued funding for opioid prevention and treatment, and three new behavioral health programs to enhance treatment efforts. Additionally, the funding includes $212 million for substance abuse prevention, an increase of $7 million above the 2019 enacted level.

SAMHSA plays a critical role in fighting the opioid epidemic through funding and grant programs to state and local governments, and other institutions to help ensure Americans receive the prevention, treatment, and recovery services they need.

Rose’s push for increased funding to SAMHSA was supported by District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and Dr. Joseph Conte, executive director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System.

Rose, a member of the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, has made combating the opioid epidemic and raising awareness around the disease of addiction a top priority. In light of the dramatic rise in devastating fentanyl overdose deaths, Rose introduced the bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act which would apply pressure on the Chinese government to honor their commitment to make all fentanyl illegal and provide the United States with more tools and resources to go after illicit traffickers in China, Mexico, and other countries.