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Representative Trone and Senator Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder

January 9th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Representatives David Trone (D-MD) and Dan Meuser (R-PA), and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Family Support Services for Addiction Act (FSSAA). The new legislation would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide family support services for addiction treatment. 


The legislation comes as the country is facing a nationwide addiction epidemic – the CDC reports that over 68,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2018. 


“For five years, I navigated the complicated world of addiction and recovery services with my nephew Ian, who was addicted to opioids,” said Congressman Trone, founder of the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction in the House of Representatives. “The addiction crisis doesn’t just impact one person, it impacts the family, friends, and communities of someone seeking recovery. The bipartisan Family Support Services for Addiction Act acknowledges this impact and provides funding directly to organizations that are helping the loved ones of someone with substance use disorder beat this horrible disease.”


“The Family Support Services for Addiction Act will help families access resources to guide them through the incredibly difficult and intimidating process of helping a loved one with substance use disorder. Family support services help families navigate their insurance coverage, explore treatment options, and understand how they can best help their loved one recover. Combating the opioid epidemic has been a top priority since coming to Congress, and I believe this legislation can play a key role in ensuring those struggling get the help they need,” said Congressman Meuser.

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