“U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the Committee has approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill with $261 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ opioid abuse initiatives, a 93 percent increase. The legislation was approved by a vote of 29 to 1 and will now be considered by the full Senate.
The $261 million in funding includes $105 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and $104 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding for the programs at SAMSHA and the CDC includes:
- $60 million for medication-assisted treatment, a $10 million increase;
- $26 million for Grants to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths, a $14 million increase;
- $8.7 million for Opioid Treatment Programs;
- $10 million for Strategic Prevention for Prescription Drugs;
- $5.6 million for the CDC’s Heroin Abuse program
- $98 million for the Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States program, a $28 million increase.
At Senator Collins request, the legislation also includes a provision encouraging SAMHSA to finalize regulations on prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence while supporting strategies to eliminate diversion of prescription opioids as quickly as possible.
Source: Collins.Senate.gov – June 9, 2016