The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016

On July 13, 2016, the US Senate passed CARA with a vote of 92-2! The bill was authorized and signed into law by the President. 

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 is the most expansive federal, bipartisan legislation to date for addiction support services, designating $181.1 million toward advancing treatment and recovery support services in state and local communities across the country, which will help save the lives of countless people. 

CARA authorizes $181.1 million per year for five years, for a total $905 million in funding. Congress must now finalize those dollars through the appropriations process, which is how every program gets funded.  Much like any federal grant program. For example look to education grants, health-related grants, and law enforcement funding.  

Building a federal program is like building a car. The 'authorizers' build the car; they are the engineers, the builders. The 'appropriators' fill the tank up and add the 'gas', the dollars to make it go. With CARA, we've built the car -- now let's fill it up. Stay alert for our emails as we push to make sure CARA & recovery support services get funded through the appropriations process. 


See how your Representative voted here.

See how your Senator voted here.


Educate yourself about CARA and the legislative process! Watch our informational webinars on CARA by clicking here.