Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act
|Other short titles||Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act|
|Long title||An Act to authorize the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use crisis, and for other purposes.|
|Nicknames||Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016|
|Enacted by||the 114th United States Congress|
|Effective||July 22, 2016|
|Statutes at Large||130 Stat. 695|
|U.S.C. sections amended|
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016. The bill was introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner as the first major federal addiction act in 40 years. Donald Trump has voiced strong support for the Act.
CARA authorizes over $181 million to respond to the epidemic of opioid abuse, and is intended to greatly increase both prevention programs and the availability of treatment programs. However, while this bill authorizes the program, funds must still be appropriated by congress through the usual budget process.
In May 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced grants totaling $2.6 million for recovery community organizations to build addiction recovery networks and engage in public education as authorized under CARA.
- S. 524: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2016, from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s524/summary
- CADCA. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2016, from http://www.cadca.org/comprehensive-addiction-and-recovery-act-cara
- Corasaniti, Nick (15 Oct 2016). "'We Should Take a Drug Test' Before Debate, Donald Trump Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 Dec 2016.
- Beveraly, K. (2016, November 9) Addiction Treatment Policy Under President Trump. QuitAlcohol.com. Retrieved from http://www.quitalcohol.com/treatment/addiction-treatment-policy-president-trump.html
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (2016) Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Retrieved from http://www.cadca.org/comprehensive-addiction-and-recovery-act-cara
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