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Tonko Addiction Treatment Legislation Clears Key Milestone in House

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced that the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act—reintroduced in February this year—has garnered the official support of the majority of members in the House of Representatives with more than 218 representatives cosponsoring the legislation. This bipartisan bill would expand lifesaving addiction treatment by removing an antiquated requir...

Tonko Cheers Inclusion of 4 Major Priorities in Addiction & Mental Health Agenda

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined a press conference with the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force announcing their legislative agenda for this Congress, which includes four key bills championed by Tonko. This slate of Tonko-led bills includes: The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act that would remove bureaucratic barriers blocking access to the safe, proven addiction ...

Tonko Cheers Key Milestone of 100+ Co-sponsors for Addiction Treatment Bill

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Today on International Overdose Awareness Day, Congressman Paul D. Tonko marked the milestone achievement of his bipartisan Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act receiving the official support of more than 100 House members who signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation. Tonko’s bill would expand access to life-saving addiction treatment by clearing the bureaucratic requirement, ...

Tonko Heralds Federal Funding to Address NY Opioid Deaths

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ALBANY, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered news that the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in Menands, NY is being awarded $850,000 in federal funding to provide resources and trainings for New York’s first responders to help prevent prescription drug and opioid overdose-related deaths. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be distributing the funds t...

Tonko Delivers Boost to Nation’s Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered House passage today of major funding expansions for U.S. mental health and addiction programs that he has been pushing to secure as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 Federal Budget. Tonko provisions that advanced in the package include funding for opioid treatment programs, substance use prevention grants and research to examine the impact of the pandemic on...

Tonko, Trone Introduce Major Bipartisan Bill to Address Addiction Epidemic

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) announced today that he has introduced his bipartisan, bicameral Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 Act with bill sponsor David Trone (D-MD) aimed at mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the addiction epidemic and increasing funding for prevention, education, research, treatment and recovery. The bill builds on previous iterations o...

Tonko Announces $170 Million for NY Addiction & Mental Health Services

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that $170,566,276 in funding from the American Rescue Plan—COVID legislation backed by Tonko— has been awarded to New York State to support mental health and addiction services. Funding will be administered by the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and is part of the...

Tonko Pushes to Expand Addiction Treatment at Congressional Hearing

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko addressed the top Biden Administration health official today during a Health Subcommittee hearing to push for the advance of two major, bipartisan addiction treatment bills he authored. Tonko called for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to support the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act and the Medicaid Reen...

Tonko, Joyce, Ryan Introduce Resolution Applauding Addiction Professionals

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined a bipartisan coalition to introduce H.Res.364, a resolution recognizing the contributions of America’s addiction professionals workforce, which represents more than 100,000 counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals who specialize in prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support and education. The resolution i...

Tonko Cheers Long Overdue Reforms Expanding Access to Life-Saving Addiction Treatment

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered news today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release new practice guidelines that scale back the so-called “x-waiver” and allow practitioners to more easily prescribe buprenorphine—a proven effective opioid addiction treatment—to patients. Tonko has long fought to remove this outdated barrier and expand access to the li...

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