The United States Senate voted today to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), an historic bill that will provide funding for programs and improve public policy to help millions of Americans battling addiction. The bill previously passed the House of Representatives and will now be submitted to President Obama for his signature.
The Peter G. Dodge Foundation is proud to have supported a public education campaign on CARA through a 2014 Mission Grant to the advocacy organization Faces and Voices of Recovery.
From the Faces and Voices program proposal to PGDF:
“The Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) is the most important piece of legislation affecting individuals with AUD since the Affordable Care Act mandated healthcare parity for individuals seeking treatment for AUD and other substance use and behavioral health disorders. Although [it was] conceived as a piece of legislation to specifically combat opioid addiction, CARA would drastically improve the recovery landscape for individuals affected by alcohol-use disorder (AUD) by expanding access to community-based support services such as recovery high schools, collegiate recovery programs and diversion programs to offer alternatives to incarceration for those affected by AUD, as well as eliminating discriminatory employment, housing and other federal practices that disproportionately affect individuals who experience AUD.”
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 is the most expansive federal, bipartisan legislation for addiction support services to date. CARA will designate between $40 million and $80 million toward advancing addiction treatment and recovery support services in state and local communities across the country, which will help save countless lives.
From the NAADAC website:
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 will:
PGDF extends our congratulations to everyone who worked to make this landmark legislation a reality.