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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Presses DOJ to Explain New Hampshire’s Low Share of National CARA Funding Awards

September 29, 2017
Press Release

In Letter to AG Sessions, Congresswoman Emphasizes Severity of State’s Opioid Crisis

DOVER, NH – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to award New Hampshire less than 1% of the $58.8 million in CARA awards it disbursed nationwide.

“As you know, New Hampshire is one of the states that has been hardest hit by the national opioid crisis. And despite state and local efforts, the crisis is growing: our state’s largest city, Manchester, has already suffered a record number of opioid overdose deaths this month,” Shea-Porter wrote. “In March, you visited our state to express your commitment to helping us. Given the commitment you have expressed, please explain why your Department has rejected these four New Hampshire grant applications and awarded New Hampshire less than 1% of the total amount nationwide.”

The New Hampshire Department of Justice submitted five grant applications in four categories: Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects, Statewide Planning, Coordination and Implementations, Harold Rogers PDMP Implementation and Enhancement Projects, and Data-Driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse. Last Friday, it was awarded a single $400,000 grant for Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program implementation.

Full text of the letter is below, and a PDF can be found here.

Attorney General Jeff Session
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Sessions:

I write to seek an explanation for the grossly insufficient amount of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) funding your Department has awarded to New Hampshire.

As you know, New Hampshire is one of the states that has been hardest hit by the national opioid crisis. And despite state and local efforts, the crisis is growing: our state’s largest city, Manchester, has already suffered a record number of opioid overdose deaths this month.

Last Friday, your Department awarded $58.8 million in CARA funding nationwide, of which only $400,000 - 0.7% - was awarded to the State of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Department of Justice submitted five grant applications in four categories (Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects, Statewide Planning, Coordination and Implementations, Harold Rogers PDMP Implementation and Enhancement Projects, and Data-Driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse), yet your DOJ approved only one.

Members of the Trump Administration, including yourself, have repeatedly stated a commitment to supporting New Hampshire’s fight against this public health crisis. In March, you visited our state to express your commitment to helping us. Given the commitment you have expressed, please explain why your Department has rejected these four New Hampshire grant applications and awarded New Hampshire less than 1% of the total amount nationwide.

Sincerely,

Carol Shea-Porter
Member of Congress