As Member of Senate HELP Committee, Senator Hassan Has Fought to Include a Number of Key New Hampshire Priorities in the Legislation
WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today cosponsored the bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 as part of their efforts to combat the fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic that’s devastating communities across New Hampshire.
As a member of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Hassan has fought to include a number of key New Hampshire priorities in the legislation. Last week, the Senator also participated in a HELP Committee hearing about the bipartisan bill to solicit input from experts and families.
“The bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act is an important step forward in getting resources to those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic and those struggling with addiction in New Hampshire and across the country,” Senator Hassan said. “I am pleased that this bipartisan legislation includes several measures I’ve championed in order to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and support for first responders, including a bill I introduced to expand existing treatment centers to serve as Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers. I will continue working across the aisle to ensure that this legislation is taken up as quickly as possible and to ensure that any federal funding for the opioid crisis is prioritized for states like New Hampshire that have been hardest-hit by this crisis.”
“I’m glad to cosponsor this bipartisan effort to combat the opioid crisis, and appreciate the Senate health committee’s inclusion of key priorities that I’ve fought for that will help New Hampshire get the funding it needs,” said Senator Shaheen. “Extending the authorization of NASPER, the prescription drug monitoring program, and dedicating specific funding to states with the highest mortality rates from drug overdoses will play a crucial role in curbing this epidemic and delivering much-needed relief to our first responders, healthcare providers and recovery centers. As our communities remain on the frontlines of this emergency, I’ll continue to work across the aisle to prioritize federal assistance that New Hampshire desperately needs and deserves.”
See below for a number of the key priorities that Senator Hassan worked as a member of the Senate HELP Committee to include in the bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018:
o Expands a first responder training program and helps ensure that first responders are safe when they respond to overdoses, a priority Senators Hassan and Shaheen have heard about directly from New Hampshire first responders and public safety officials.
o Directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop best practices on recovery housing, a key New Hampshire priority.
o Authorizes grants to help states implement plans of safe care for substance-exposed infants.
Senator Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee, has led efforts in Congress to respond to the opioid crisis. As a result of her advocacy on the bipartisan Common Sense Caucus and her engagement during the writing of the funding bill that was recently signed into law, Senator Shaheen helped secure the $3.3 billion in additional resources. This funding will go towards a number of key programs through the Department of Health and Human Services for treatment and prevention, the Department of Justice for law enforcement and grant resources, and other federal agencies to help communities impacted by the opioid epidemic. Senator Shaheen has also introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Hassan that would change how federal agencies determine State Targeted Response Opioid Crisis Grant funding to prioritize states with the highest mortality rates