The $77.9 million Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) took a step forward when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advance the measure. The bill, introduced a year ago by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), is co-sponsored by 28 bipartisan lawmakers.
“This legislation will give the teachers, law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, family members and all those on the front lines of this battle the tools they need to fight back.”
According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, the operative word in CARA is “comprehensive.” Use of naloxone, criminal justice reform and support for law enforcement are coupled with the treatment, prevention and recovery within the provisions.
CARA has a great deal of support in the industry, and according to GovTrack.us, no member of Congress has expressed outright opposition to it.
According to the Huffington Post, Senate Democrats indicated they will seek to attach $600 million in emergency funding when the bill hits the Senate floor.”
Source: Behavioral Healthcare – February 11, 2016
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