E&C Passes Mental Health Bill that Includes Provisions to Respond to the Opioid Crisis
Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce voted to approve the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 (H.R. 7666). The bill, which is led by committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), reauthorizes mental health and substance use disorder programs at the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The bill includes provisions related to the opioid crisis, including ending a requirement for providers to obtain a special waiver in order to prescribe buprenorphine and adding a training requirement for all prescribers managing patients with opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. Although a floor vote has not been scheduled, it is likely to take place in the next several weeks.
Articles & Resources
House Committee on Energy & Commerce – Section by Section Summary of H.R. 7666
$1.5B in New SAMHSA Grants for States to Address Opioid and Overdose Epidemic
On May 19, the Biden Administration announced the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant opportunity for states and territories to receive a portion of $1.5 billion in SAMHSA funding to support their efforts to address the opioid crisis. This funding will be issued to all states and territories for use in developing programs to increase access to medications to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) as well as other prevention and support services for OUD. States can apply by July 18 for funding to support projects up to two years in duration. The funding will be issued before the September 30, 2022—the end of the federal fiscal year—and will include set-aside amounts for states with the highest OUD-related mortality rates.
Articles & Resources
HHS – Biden Administration Announces $1.5 Billion Funding Opportunity for State Opioid Response Grant Program
SAMHSA – Notice of Funding Opportunity: Sate Opioid Response Grants
Bloomberg Law – Biden’s HHS Allocates $1.5 Billion for State Opioid Responses
What We Read Last Week
Several articles were published last week pertaining to the opioid epidemic, covering a variety of different components of the topic. Links to relevant articles are provided below.
Ad Council – The Ad Council to Take On Overdose Crisis Through New Coordinated National Public Awareness Efforts
New York Times – Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits
Bloomberg Government – Drug-Abuse Spike Hampered US Labor Market Recovery, Paper Says
Federal Trade Commission – FTC hits R360 and its Owner with $3.8 Million Civil Penalty Judgment for Preying on People Seeking Treatment for Addiction
University of Utah – Making Opioids Safer, One Patient at a Time
Open Access Government – Research combats rise of drug overdose deaths by addressing stigma
Senator Dick Durbin – Durbin Meets With Will County To Talk Federal Funding For Opioid Intervention, Infrastructure, And Local Programs
Congressman Henry Cuellar – Cuellar Secures Nearly $400K for PILLAR to Enhance Overdose and Prevention Activities
U.S. News – Vermont Law Creates Panel, Fund for Opioid Settlement
Law360 – Doctors’ Opioid Data Kept From Walgreens Stores, Judge Told
The Commonwealth Fund – Too Many Lives Lost: Comparing Overdose Mortality Rates and Policy Solutions Across High-Income Countries
New York Times – Fentanyl Tainted Pills Bought on Social Media Cause Youth Drug Deaths to Soar
This Week’s Calendar
In the week ahead, there are no relevant events or hearings noticed at this time. In the event that there are any changes to the schedule for this week, we will make additional information available.
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