The following groups would receive grants through this legislation via the Dept. of Justice (DOJ):
States, local governments, and nonprofit groups to expand educational efforts to prevent abuse of opioids and heroin, understand addiction as a disease, and promote treatment and recovery;
Organizations that have received a grant implement community-wide strategies that address local drug crises;
States, local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit groups to provide a treatment alternative to incarceration for people who otherwise would be in the juvenile or criminal justice system if they have a substance abuse disorder or mental illness and are approved to participate in such a program;
State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to create a demonstration program to prevent overdose deaths from opioids and heroin. Additional grants would be available for providing medication assisted treatment programs, prescription medication disposal sites, and educational programs for incarcerated offenders;
Veterans treatment court programs could be established or expanded, as could peer to peer services for qualified veterans. Other programs that provide treatment, rehabilitation, legal, and transitional services to incarcerated veterans could also receive grants;
States to prepare a comprehensive plan for and implement an integrated opioid abuse response initiative. State substance abuse and criminal justice agencies could obtain funding to jointly address the use of opioids and heroin among pregnant and parenting female offenders to promote public health, family permanence, and general well-being.
An interagency task force composed of officials from the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other stakeholder groups would be established. This task force would be required to develop best practices for pain management and the prescription of pain medication. The task force would then outline a strategy for disseminating this information and provide Congress with a report.
HHS would establish a program to identify collateral consequences for people with drug convictions and in treatment for a substance abuse disorder, and whether those consequences prevent those individuals from resuming their personal and professional lives. The Dept. of Education would also be directed to remove questions about convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs from federal student loan applications.