News from Congressman Dan Newhouse
           

Dear Friend,

Opioid addiction has been devastating communities, and it has been a growing problem in our country. Many families and communities in Central Washington have been affected by the tragedy of addiction to heroin and painkillers. In 2014, 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, with more than 28,000 deaths involving some type of opioid, including heroin. A solution begins with the understanding that the people fighting addiction are sick people trying to get well.

I was proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take bipartisan action and approve S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. The bill passed in the House on a vote of 407 to 5. The bill reforms drug treatment and education programs and supports states by expanding access to addiction treatment services for individuals with an opioid use disorder. Among other efforts, it expands access to life-saving opioid overdose reversal drugs by supporting the purchase and distribution of opioid overdose reversal drugs and training for first responders

God bless the workers at the Union Gospel Mission, both in Yakima and the Tri-Cities. I had the privilege of meeting these wonderful volunteers and serving lunch at the Yakima mission.

Helping Families Address Mental Health Crisis

You may not know, but nearly 10 million Americans have serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression), but millions are going without treatment as families struggle to find care for loved ones. Our nation’s failing mental health care system demands reform. I supported passage of a bipartisan solution, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (H.R. 2646), which represents the most significant reform to our nation’s mental health programs in decades. The bill would improve coordination among mental health programs, drive evidence-based grants, foster access to care for short term stays of adults in institutions for mental disease, and expand outpatient treatment for mental health. It would also improve mental health treatment for children. This bipartisan legislation is an important step to address the mental health crisis facing our nation. 

At the recent Yakima Training Center change of command ceremony, I thanked U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Jason A. Evers for his service and welcomed the new commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jarret D. Mathews. We are proud that the Yakima Training Center contributes to our national security and military readiness by offering critical live fire and maneuver training.

I caught up with local farmers in the Tri-Cities at Pacific Technology Alliance's ag tech roundtable to discuss the importance of mobile technology applications for agriculture.

Central Washington is truly blessed with abundant natural beauty. I had the opportunity to hike in the sagebrush at beautiful  Cowiche Canyon Conservancy to discuss the connection between agriculture, tourism, and conservation. If you haven't been yet, then take your family!

I threw out the first pitch for the Yakima Valley Pippins, our own West Coast Baseball League baseball team, and had the chance to meet official mascot Scott T. Pippin. Go Pippins!

As Congress debates the many issues of importance to the country, I hope to hear from you. I also encourage you to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter for regularupdateson my work to represent Central Washington's views in our nation's capital.

Thank you for taking the time to read this E-newsupdate. It is an honor and privilege to serve you in Congress.

Sincerely,

Dan Newhouse
Member of Congress

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