Supporting Families Through Addiction Act Reintroduced

Congressman Trone Reintroduces Bill to Support Families Facing Addiction with $25 Million Grant Program

Congressman Trone, the co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force, has reintroduced the "Supporting Families Through Addiction Act," proposing a $25 million grant program over five years. This initiative aims to provide essential support to families of individuals undergoing treatment for substance use disorders. The bill successfully passed the House in the 117th Congress, marking a significant step forward in addressing addiction support at the family level.

Addiction continues to be a growing problem

More than one million Americans have died from drug overdoses since 1999.

A record 109,000 Americans lost their lives to addiction in 2022.

Stanford estimates 1.2 million more Americans will die this decade.

A personal mission for Congressman Trone

Congressman Trone, co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force, has personal experience with substance use disorder, having lost his nephew, Ian, to a fentanyl overdose in 2016 after years of supporting Ian's recovery efforts. This experience has given him deep insight into the challenges faced by those struggling with addiction and the need for enhanced support services for their families.

"With more than one million Americans lost to drug overdoses in the last 20 years, we must make investments that support both the families and the individuals struggling with substance use disorder," said Congressman Trone.

What does the bill do?

This bipartisan legislation aims to support families of those with substance use disorders by providing resources, information, and assistance for recovery and those impacted within the family.

Allocates $25 million in essential funding to support mental health care and substance use disorder programs facing financial challenges.

Awards grants to community organizations, enabling them to provide vital assistance to families navigating the complexities of insurance and treatment options.

Offers support to organizations that are often overlooked by government funding, delivering services that extend beyond traditional treatment facilities and are not usually covered by insurance.

Ensures resources to help people recover from substance use are available to families in need. 

"Equipping families with the resources they need to support loved ones battling addiction and substance use disorder is essential for recovery. Unfortunately, getting support can be difficult as people face stigma, a lack of insurance coverage, racial disparities, and an inability to pay for support services," said Senator Gillibrand.

Family Involvement Works

Research indicates that family involvement in a loved one's treatment and recovery leads to better outcomes. Families using evidence-based models to improve communication see higher treatment retention rates.

For more detailed information on the "Supporting Families Through Addiction Act" and insights into Congressman Trone's advocacy efforts, visit the official press release. This resource provides a comprehensive overview of the proposed legislation and its significance in the fight against addiction in the United States.

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