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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia


June 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Tom Garrett (R-VA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed his legislation, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act (HR. 5890) by a 406-3 vote:

“This bill is a significant step towards helping the nameless and faceless victims of the opioid epidemic. The epidemic takes a horrific toll on children born into households where opioid use is prevalent. While no legislation is a panacea, I am excited to patron this bill. I look forward to continuing my term in the 115th Congress by ardently supporting the residents of the Fifth District of Virginia and the United States,” said Congressman Garrett.

Background: This bipartisan legislation requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue guidance and technical assistance to states to promote better implementation of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The purpose of this legislation is to allow states to implement plans of safe care in accordance with guidance from the Secretary.  Moreover, this allows for the best services to be provided on a state to state basis while promoting family-centered treatments. These steps will address the unmet needs of children born to mothers with opioid addictions. 

Read the full text of the bill here