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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016

Introduced on 4/25/16 by Mr. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI-5] with co-sponsors Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX-18], Mr. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA-6], Mr. John Conyers [D-MI-13], Mr. Steve Chabot[R-OH-1], Mr. Tim Ryan [D-OH-13], Mr. Randy Forbes [R-VA-4], Mr. Mike Bishop [R-MI-8], and Mr. Frank Guinta [R-NH-1], Mr. Vern Buchanan [R-FL-16] and Mr. Lamar Smith [R-TX-21]. The bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. On May 11, 2016, the related Resolution 720 passed the House.

Purpose: To authorize grants to assist State and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse.

SEC. 2. Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program.

 (a) Grants authorized to States or local government to provide services primarily relating to opioid abuse, including:

(1) a treatment alternative to incarceration program, which may include pre- or post-booking components, training for criminal justice agency personnel on substance use disorders and mental illness, a mental health court, a drug court, or a veterans treatment court program,

(2) facilitating collaboration between State criminal justice agencies and State substance abuse systems in order to more efficiently and effectively carry out

(3) Providing training and resources for first responders on carrying and administering an opioid overdose reversal drug.

(4) Investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the unlawful distribution of opioids.

(5) Developing, implementing, or expanding a medication-assisted treatment program used or operated by a criminal justice agency.

(6) States developing, implementing, or expanding a prescription drug monitoring program

(7) Developing, implementing, or expanding a program to prevent and address opioid abuse by juveniles.

(8) Developing, implementing, or expanding an integrated and comprehensive opioid abuse response program.

“(b) Contracts and sub-awards may go to private and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based, or units of local government

“(c) Program Assessment Component; Waiver.—

Grants are for 4 years, with possible renewals and extensions beyond that period.

And then authorization of appropriations allows for $103,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2021.


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