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Ruppersberger Secures $525,000 for Substance Abuse Treatment, Research in Maryland

Jul 15, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced $525,000 to study and improve substance abuse treatment in Maryland’s low-income and minority communities has advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee today in a 33 to 25 vote and now heads to the full House for consideration.

Congressman Ruppersberger, an Appropriator, requested the funding for the Harford County-based Ashley Addiction Treatment Center, a nonprofit leader in the treatment of substance abuse disorders that plans to launch a research institute in collaboration with faculty at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to evaluating the effectiveness of various pharmaceutical interventions, researchers hope to identify and implement new forms of treatment for substance abuse disorders. The federal funds will cover the salaries of research scientists and all associated support infrastructure costs.

“The opioid epidemic continues to spare no community and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made this crisis worse, contributing to a spike in both the quantity and frequency of drug use,” Congressman Ruppersberger. “This federal funding will contribute to life-saving research right here in Maryland at a time when need it most. I want to thank my fellow Appropriators for including this invaluable funding in our bill and I urge my colleagues to support it on the House floor.”

Ashley Co-CEO & President, Dr. Greg Hobelmann added, “These funds will enable us to continue to build our research center, in collaboration with other local treatment providers, with the much-needed aim of improving patient outcomes in the field of substance use disorder treatment both regionally and nationally.”

The project is one of nine Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Ruppersberger in the 12 various appropriations bills for 2022. It is among 2,887 projects submitted by all members of the House of Representatives, only some of which will be approved.

The $253.8 billion Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill funds the Department of Labor and key healthcare agencies including the National Institutes of Health, CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as K-12 and higher education. A summary can be found here.

Accredited by The Joint Commission and a division of Ashley Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Ashley has treated nearly 50,000 patients since its inception in 1983 and has awarded more than $65 million in scholarships to assist patients in their recovery. Ashley’s expansive offerings include inpatient as well as outpatient treatment, sobriety enrichment, community outreach, family and children’s education and specialty programs.