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  • Tonko, Turner Reintroduce Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Mental Health, Addiction & Recovery

    WASHINGTON – Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-20) and Michael Turner (OH-10) have formally introduced bipartisan legislation empowering states to expand access to addiction treatment through Medicaid for individuals up to 30 days before their release from jail or prison. The bill, H.R. 1329: the Medicaid Reentry Act, responds to alarming evidence that individuals reentering society after incarceration are 129 times more likely than the general population to die of a drug overdose during the first ... Read more

  • Tonko Announces Four Priority Bills Included in Final Opioid Package
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Addiction & Recovery

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, by a vote of 393-8. Four sections of the bill were written by Congressman Tonko, including an expansion of medication-assisted treatment, a multi-year priority that will help meaningfully combat the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. “Overdoses claimed more than 64,000 American lives in 2016, now the single greatest cause of death for Americans under 50, yet just 1 in 5 Americans ... Read more

  • Tonko, Luján Addiction Treatment Bill Included in Opioid Package Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Addiction & Recovery

    WASHINGTON – Last night, it was announced that Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s (D-NM) bipartisan addiction treatment bill, H.R. 3692: Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, was included in the final opioid package agreement that was negotiated between the House and Senate. In the Senate, companion legislation was led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME). “When an individual in the throes of addiction rea... Read more

  • Tonko Announces $250,000 for Capital Region Youth Addiction Prevention Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Addiction & Recovery

    ALBANY, NY – Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that $250,000 has been awarded to two Capital Region organizations through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program. The awards will go to support programs that help prevent youth substance use in two local Capital Region communities, including: Troy Drug Free Community Coalition: $125,000 Niskayuna Community Action Program: $125,000 Congressman Paul Tonko: “Last year, 72,000 Americans died f... Read more

  • Tonko & Johnson Introduce Bill to Designate Centers of Excellence to Combat Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Addiction & Recovery

    “Empowering our health care workforce to better understand and effectively prevent and treat substance use disorder will yield dividends in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” Rep. Tonko said. “I’m proud to stand with Congressman Johnson in introducing this critical legislation that will strengthen the tools and information we use to educate the next generation of health care professionals and ensure they have the resources they need to be effective frontline responders in this epidemic.” Read more

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