Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

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Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act
Long title An Act to authorize the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use crisis, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) CARA
Nicknames Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
Enacted by the 114th United States Congress
Effective July 22, 2016
Public law 114-198
Statutes at Large 130 Stat. 695
Titles amended
U.S.C. sections amended
  • 42 U.S.C. §§ 10513, 10803, 1320a-7k, 1320a-7m, 1320d-2, 1395b-3, 1395ddd, 1395iii, 1395w-10, 1395w-101, 1395w-104, 1395w-152, 1395x, 1396, 1396a, 1396r, 1396w, 1397bb, 243, 280g-3, 290bb, 290bb-1, 290dd, 3711, 3793, 3797aa, 3797s, 5101, 5104, 5106a
  • 21 U.S.C. §§ 1521, 1903, 301, 321, 355, 355-1, 802, 812, 823, 829
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 524 by Sheldon Whitehouse (DRI) on February 12, 2015
  • Committee consideration by Senate Judiciary
  • Passed the Senate on March 10, 2016 (94-1 Roll call vote 34, via
  • Passed the House on May 13, 2016 (400-5 Roll call vote 193, via
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on July 6, 2016; agreed to by the House on July 8, 2016 (407-5 Roll call vote 399, via and by the Senate on July 13, 2016 (92-2 Roll call vote 129, via
  • Signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 22, 2016

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016. The bill was introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner as the first major federal addiction act in 40 years.[1][2] Donald Trump has voiced strong support for the Act.[3][4]

CARA authorizes over $181 million to respond to the epidemic of opioid abuse, and is intended to greatly increase both prevention programs and the availability of treatment programs. However, while this bill authorizes the program, funds must still be appropriated by congress through the usual budget process.[5]

In May 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced grants totaling $2.6 million for recovery community organizations to build addiction recovery networks and engage in public education as authorized under CARA.[6]


  1. ^ S. 524: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2016, from
  2. ^ CADCA. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2016, from
  3. ^ Corasaniti, Nick (15 Oct 2016). "'We Should Take a Drug Test' Before Debate, Donald Trump Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 Dec 2016.
  4. ^ Beveraly, K. (2016, November 9) Addiction Treatment Policy Under President Trump. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (2016) Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Retrieved from
  6. ^

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