IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 22, 2018
Mr. Schatz (for himself, Mrs. Capito, and Mr. Udall) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for training health professionals to treat opioid addiction and other substance use disorders through using technology-enabled models, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Opioid ECHO Act.
Grants to train health professionals to treat opioid addiction
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, shall award grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities for the purpose of training health professionals to treat opioid addiction and other substance use disorders, including by providing medication-assisted treatment, through the use of technology-enabled models.
Each grant awarded under this section shall be for a period of 3 years.
For purposes of this section:
The term eligible entity means a nonprofit organization, an academic institution, a State, a Federally qualified health center as defined in section 1861(aa) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(aa)), or other entity determined appropriate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The term technology-enabled model means a technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building model, as defined in section 2 of the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (Public Law 114–270; 130 Stat. 1395).
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $10,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2018 through 2020.