Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Senate Appropriations Ups House Numbers for Alcohol and Drug Programs

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Senate Appropriations Ups House Numbers for Alcohol and Drug Programs

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As AR went to press, the Senate was scheduled to take up the FY-92 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations (HR-2707). The Senate version, as reported out by the Appropriations Committee, restores some of the funds for the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Halth Administration (ADAMHA) cut by the House (AR, June-July), but still falls short of the authorizations contained in the ADAMHA Reorganization bill, and expectations of consituency groups.

Overall, ADAMHA would receive an appropriation of $3,118,832,000 -- $201,090,000 above the House allowance and $70.5 million more than the Administration's FY-92 request (AR, February).

The Senate panel voted $1,405,670,000 for the alcohol, drug abuse and mental health services (ADMS) block grant -- a $137 million increase over the Administration's request and $170,670,000 above the House. However, no money was approved for the Treament Capacity Expansion Program (CEP), for which the Administration requested $99 million. The committee explained that the program had not yet been authorized by Congress, and that the additional block grant funds were approved "in order to expand treatment capacity."

The Senate bill would provide $35,986,000 for drug treatment grants to crisis areas -- $4,690,000 more than this fiscal year's appropriation, and the House figure, and $3,438,000 over the Administration's request. But it cut the Administration's request for treatment improvement grants by $3.3 million, keeping funding at the FY-91 level of $83,363,000 -- the same figure in the House bill.

NIAAA would be provided $159,179,000 for alcoholism and alcohol abuse research, including research training and instrumentation grants -- $5 million over the Administration's estimate and $5,130,000 over the House allowance. NIAAA's homeless demonstration program, which the Administration proposed to collapse into a new NIMH activity, was voted $15,983,000 -- the same as the House allowance. In its report, the Senate Appropriations Comittee said it restored funding for the program in order to ensure completion of the third year of the demonstration projects.

The Senate bill would allot $282,544,000 for drug abuse research at NIDA, including research training and instrumentation grants. …

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