Earlier this year, Congress took an important step toward more effective federal support to prevent, treat, and recover from addiction when it passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). It’s the first major federal addiction legislation in four decades.
The law authorizes $181 million to encourage greater federal coordination and support in six key areas: prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal.
Unfortunately, Congress didn’t guarantee funding for CARA’s programs. Instead, CARA programs will be funded through the annual appropriations (spending) process, with no particular level of funding guaranteed in any given year.
Congressional leaders assured CARA supporters the law would be fully funded out of the gate, in the first year. With two months to go before the end of the year, we’re still waiting.
Tell your representatives that this bill will not save lives without the appropriate funding. Make your voice heard now.