Gallagher Votes to Send Opioid Bill to President’s Desk to Become Law

September 28, 2018
Press Release
Includes Several Key Trauma-Informed Care Provisions

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Substance-Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). This bipartisan, bicameral compromise bill helps combat illicit and synthetic drugs coming across U.S. borders, encourages the development of new non-addictive painkillers, improves prescription drug monitoring programs, removes outdated barriers that hamper access to care, addresses the effects of the crisis on children and families, and establishes comprehensive opioid recovery centers.

The bill contains several key trauma-informed care provisions that Rep. Gallagher advocated for while the House and Senate negotiated the final conference report, including trauma-informed care training in healthcare, schools, and substance abuse treatment. These provisions build on his efforts from the past year and half to promote trauma-informed care, including launching the first Trauma-Informed Care Caucus in Congress. Earlier this year, Rep. Gallagher’s resolution recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care passed the House unainimously.

“Social and emotional harm is often an underlying factor in opioid use and addiction—a public health crisis that on average takes 115 American lives each day. The bill we passed today provides a real opportunity to help improve health outcomes for those who have been impacted by trauma and are struggling with opioid addiction,” said Rep. Gallagher. “I’m grateful for my colleagues’ support in passing this critical piece of legislation. I now urge the Senate to do their part in passing this bill so the president can sign it into law as soon as possible.”

CLICK HERE for a video of Rep. Gallagher discussing the legislation.

Below is a list of the trauma-informed care provisions:

Sec 7072 – Expand Workforce Capacity in Schools and Communities.  This provision increases the availability of behavioral and mental health professionals working in schools and communities to provide trauma-informed care for children by providing loan repayment in health-professional shortage areas through the National Health Services Corps program. 

Sec. 7073 – Improve Trauma Training for Health Care Workforce.  This provision prioritizes trauma-informed care as part of graduate education under the graduate Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grants.  It also expands education and training in pain care for health professionals to include tribal health areas as well as a focus on preventing pain, non-addictive treatments, best practices, and detection of early warning signs.

Sec. 7131 – Enhance Understanding of Trauma.  This provision directs the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to support state efforts to improve data on exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, and other relevant public health surveys, including from tribal and rural areas.

Sec. 7132– Identify and Disseminate Best Practices within Federal Grant Programs.  This provision establishes a multi-agency federal Task Force, led by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health to recommend a set of best practices for identifying, referring, supporting, and fostering safe, nurturing environments for children and families that have experienced trauma.

Sec. 7133 – Increase Funding to Improve Treatment and Services for Children and Families who have Experienced Trauma.  This provision increases the authorization level for SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative to improve treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.

Sec. 7134 – Expand Evidenced-Based Trauma Support Services in Schools.  This provision establishes a school integration program that provides grants to states, school districts, and Indian tribes to increase student access to trauma support services and mental health care.

Sec. 7135 – Recognize Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse.  This provision requires the Secretary of HHS to disseminate information, resources, and technical assistance to early childhood care and education providers working with young children on ways to properly recognize and appropriately respond to young children impacted by trauma.

Sec. 8081 – Encourages Trauma-Informed Residential Treatment Programs.  This provision promotes trauma-informed substance abuse treatment for pregnant and postpartum women.



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