President Donald Trump has signed into law a package of bills, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), that was passed by Congress in September.
The legislation expands access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled; cracks down on mailed shipments of illicit drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid far more powerful than heroin; and provides a host of new federal grants to address the crisis.
To help county officials understand this legislation, NACo has created a legislative analysis of the bills, outlining major provisions that impact counties. Additional information about the opioid response package can be found on the NACo website.
For more information:
Opioid Legislative Analysis (NACo)