From: The Honorable Daniel M. Donovan Jr.
Bill: H.R. 5046
We write to ask for your support of our amendment to H.R. 5046 – The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act.
This amendment will expand eligibility for existing family-based substance abuse treatment grants under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act to include pregnant women. Last month, there were 60 pregnant women incarcerated in Ohio correctional facilities, and on any given day there are 12 to 15 pregnant women in New York State prisons and 110 in local jails.
To reduce overcrowding in the prison system and mitigate the impacts of incarceration on families, states across the country have passed laws and implemented programs to provide community- and family-based alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent parent offenders. However, state programs targeting offenders who are parents-to-be are not currently eligible for grants. This peculiarity makes it difficult for states to develop programs addressing the particularly vulnerable population of nonviolent pregnant offenders.
This amendment would make clear that such funding could be provided to states to develop and expand family-based substance abuse treatment programs that focus on expectant mothers. If you have any questions please contact Christopher Del Beccaro with Rep. Donovan (Chris.DelBeccaro@mail.house.gov) or Dan Hare with Rep. Turner (Dan.Hare@mail.house.gov).
Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. Michael R. Turner
Member of Congress Member of Congress