Summary: H.R.5216 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/12/2016)

Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act of 2016

This bill appropriates funding for the activities in the bill.

This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into cooperative agreements with states to expand opioid treatment capacity, make services more affordable to those who cannot afford them, and help individuals seek treatment, successfully complete treatment, and sustain recovery. (Opioids are drugs with effects similar to opium, such as heroin and certain pain medications.) Funding must be allocated to states based on the severity of the opioid epidemic in the state and the strength of the state's strategy to respond.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology must expand efforts to support prescription drug monitoring programs and health information technology interoperability.

The Bureau of Prisons must support drug treatment programs.

The bill amends the Second Chance Act to require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help justice-involved individuals successfully reintegrate into the community.

The bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to permit DOJ to support the development of residential and aftercare services for substance-involved inmates.

DOJ must establish new heroin enforcement groups within the Drug Enforcement Administration to target, disrupt, and dismantle heroin trafficking organizations.