House Passes O'Halleran Measure to Combat Opioid-Related Childhood Trauma
WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressmen David Brat (VA-07) and Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01). The legislation will help address and reduce childhood trauma caused by the abuse of illegal substances by parents and guardians.
“As a former law enforcement officer, I have seen the devastating, lifelong impact of opioid abuse on families and young children. This commonsense legislation will support early childhood professionals by giving them the tools to identify trauma, and it will give children and families the assistance they need,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Giving our children the chance to grow and learn is not a partisan issue, and I am grateful to have the support of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on this bill.”
The Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information, resources, and assistance. These concrete steps will:
- Assist early childhood professionals in recognizing and supporting children impacted by trauma.
- Suggest age-appropriate tools and practices to help treat children struggling with trauma.
- Provide whole-family approaches to assist children impacted by trauma due to exposure to substance abuse.
Watch Rep. O'Halleran's full floor speech urging support for this legislation here.