Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $755,000 for OH-13 in Additional Opioid Addiction Funding
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) praised the release of $755,000 in grant funding for OH-13 from the Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid addiction crisis in Ohio. Asian Service Action and Axesspointe Community Health Center, Inc. in Akron will receive $285,000 each, while Ohio North East Health Systems, Inc. will receive $185,000. This funding will be provided through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) through the Health Resources and Services Administration. A total of $12,951,245 will be distributed to 43 health centers in Ohio and $352,289,768 to 1,232 health centers to help combat this ongoing crisis nationwide.
“There isn’t a community in the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid crisis. This funding is badly needed by countless families in my district, Ohio and all across the nation. I am reminded every day of the horrible suffering that this epidemic is inflicting on our neighbors, relatives, and friends,” said Congressman Ryan. “I will continue to fight to make sure that our community gets the resources it needs to combat this crisis. Continued federal funding is critical to helping communities push back against this horrible epidemic, and start rebuilding neighborhoods that are suffering.”
This is in addition to the $55,790,598 in federal funds coming to Ohio through the State Opioid Response Grants, which is aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic through treatment and recovery support programs. This funding originates from the “21st Century CURES” Act, legislation passed in December 2016 that provided $1 billion over two years to fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. As Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, Congressman Ryan has been on the forefront of passing both these pieces of legislation.