Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Two CARA Grants for Addiction Recovery Services Now Available

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced today that Ohio is eligible to receive funding for addiction recovery services under two new grant programs authorized as part of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) – which was signed into law last year.

Ryan is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic and was a lead sponsor of CARA.

“Families and communities across Ohio and the United States are struggling with opioid addiction, and they need help to push back against the growing tide, but they can’t do it alone. That is why the addiction recovery programs sustained through CARA funding, especially those becoming available to address the rate of babies born already dependent on drugs and services for pregnant and postpartum women, are so vital. I will work hard to direct money from these programs back to Ohio, and assure theat Congress can adequately fund the programs that make these lifesaving grants possible,” said Congressman Ryan.

The Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for two new CARA grant programs:

  • CARA’s Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women.  The purpose of the program is to 1.) support family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, including opioid disorders; 2.) help state substance abuse agencies address the continuum of care, including services provided to women in nonresidential-based settings; and 3.) to encourage new approaches and models of service delivery.
  • CARA’s Building Communities of Recovery Grant. The purpose of this program is increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from drug addiction. These grants will support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as promote education about recovery. Programs will be principally governed by people in recovery from drug addiction who reflect the community served.  Grant recipients may use funds to build connections between recovery networks and conduct public education and outreach on issues relating to addiction and recovery.