Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York


Oct 5, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.Today, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Bronx’s District Attorney office a total of $900,000 in funding.  Awarded through the DOJ’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program, this funding will ensure the Bronx DA can expand comprehensive opioid abuse treatment through the Overdose Avoidance Recovery (OAR) program, which allows low-level, non-violent offenders to access treatment instead of facing jail time.

“Opioid use and abuse has been a long term problem in the Bronx, and more resources are desperately needed. This funding allows our borough to invest in treatment and recovery instead of jails by expanding local initiatives to reduce opioid use through prevention and addiction treatment services. I’m glad this important program initiated by Bronx DA Darcel Clark will be able to do more good work with this federal funding. This is an investment in our communities and ultimately our public safety,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.

"This generous funding by our federal legislators including our representative, Congressman Jose E. Serrano, through the Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program will assist us immensely as we continue a program that has improved lives, helped families and positively affected the Bronx community. In the 10 months that the OAR program has existed, 40 people have completed treatment for opioid abuse. The grant will enable us to strengthen our efforts to steer people away from drugs and jail,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark.

This program is a newly created part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was the first major substance abuse treatment and recovery legislation in 40 years.

The funding will be distributed by as follows:

$900,000 for the Overdose Avoidance Recovery (OAR) program awarded through the DOJ’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) program.