Source: United States Senator for Ohio Rob Portman
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for awarding a nearly $1.5 million POWER grant to Shawnee State University. Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. These funds will support Shawnee State’s Lights Inclusive program which combine shared knowledge, talent, and connections throughout their multi-state networks to create a system that leverages resources for those in recovery. Portman released the following statement:
“This ARC POWER grant is great news for Shawnee State and the entire Portsmouth region, as it will help ensure that Shawnee State has the resources needed to inform its prevention and response efforts to combat the addiction crisis. With the spike in deadly synthetic opioid addiction and overdoses, we need the data this grant will provide to address these issues in a comprehensive way. Over the past few years, I’ve been pleased that Congress has recognized the addiction crisis gripping our country and passed legislation to support the efforts of states and local communities to combat the drug epidemic. But our work is far from over. I will continue to work with my colleagues on bipartisan legislation which will better address the on-the-ground reality of addiction.”
NOTE: Earlier this year, Portman sent a letter to ARC urging the awarding of this grant to Shawnee State.
Senator Portman has led efforts in the U.S. Senate to provide more resources to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. Portman is the author of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) that became law in 2016 and provides resources for evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs to help people overcome their addiction. The most recent bipartisan funding agreement actually funded these CARA programs at $647 million, much higher than the authorized amount. Portman’s CARA 2.0 Act would increase these authorization levels further. In addition, Portman worked to secure $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse in the 21st Century CURES Act. He’s also fought for more overall opioid funding, and helped secure more than $4 billion in new opioid funding over the last few years between CARA, CURES and other opioid programs. Lastly, Portman recently introduced new legislation – the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act – to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.