Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Representatives Stivers and Beatty Introduce Bill to Incentivize Assistance for Homeless Former Servicemembers

2016/09/23

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) introduced the Housing our Military Servicemembers (HOMeS) Act, H.R. 6124, to add former servicemembers as a subpopulation eligible for rehousing incentive payments through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  By codifying “former servicemembers” into HUD’s homeless assistance statutes, the agency can incentivize and reward housing grantees that help get all former members of the military off the streets.

Each year, HUD awards housing grantees with additional, “bonus” funding on a competitive basis which may be used to help specific subpopulations find homes.  Despite the hard work of community shelter leaders, too many veterans remain on the streets and some former members of the military do not qualify for VA housing assistance.  The HOMeS Act will help elevate the profile of veterans and former servicemembers for HUD homeless housing incentives, by explicitly including them as an eligible subpopulation for these payments in the U.S. Code.  

“Individuals who wore a uniform have been particularly vulnerable to homelessness in our communities, and Congress should do more to help address the problem,” Stivers said. “This bill will not solve the homelessness problem, but it is an important step in acknowledging the housing needs of all former servicemembers and toward rewarding housing grantees that aim to get these individuals off the streets.  I am proud to take this step in finding homes for all of our nation’s former servicemembers.”

“No servicemember should ever find themselves living on the streets,” Beatty said. “Unfortunately, too many still do. While we have made progress in helping connect homeless servicemembers to resources to help get them back on their feet, we must do more.” Beatty continued, “To that effect, I have joined with Congressman Stivers to do something about it. This bill will provide greater assurance to our nation’s homeless servicemembers that the federal government remains steadfast in its mission to ensure every servicemember has a place to call ‘Home Sweet Home.’”

According to data provided by HUD, the agency spent approximately $133 million on incentive payments in the fiscal year 2016. Organizations who have expressed support for the legislation include the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS). Read the full text of the bill by clicking here. Read More

Suicide Prevention Month: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Veterans Community

2016/09/23

We face a devastating mental health crisis in our country, one that affects thousands across the country. The veterans community has been particularly affected by this issue. In fact, a new study from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows an average of 20 veterans per day died from suicide between 1979 and 2014. Unfortunately, we have also heard stories of veterans who seek mental health care, but are turned away at VA hospitals. Our veterans make incredible sacrifices to fight for our freedoms and we must improve the mental health care system so they can receive the care they deserve. With September being Suicide Prevention Month, I want to highlight some of the action Congress has taken to address this issue.

Most recently, I joined Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA) last week to introduce the Never Again Act, which requires the VA to provide a bed in the psychiatric department to any veteran enrolled in the VA health care system who requests in-patient psychiatric care. In response to reports of veterans being turned away from in-patient psychiatric care due to not being considered an imminent suicidal risk, this bill also requires the VA to provide full coverage for the veteran at a non-VA facility if the VA medical center cannot accommodate the request for this care. No veteran should ever be turned away when seeking out help for their mental health condition, and this will ensure it never happens again.

Veterans can also benefit from other methods of therapy that do not require in-patient care. Specifically, matching veterans with service dogs has proven to help some veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. That is why I introduced legislation to establish a pilot program at three to five VA facilities to connect veterans to local therapeutic dog training organizations. As part of this program, veterans would learn occupational skills while training the dog and after the training, each dog would be provided to a veteran. I was proud to see this legislation pass the House of Representatives earlier this year as part of a larger veterans health services bill, and I am hopeful the Senate will act to ensure its passage before this Congress expires.

Additionally, last year, a more comprehensive bill to evaluate VA mental health care and promote collaboration on suicide prevention efforts was signed into law by the president. This bill, known as The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, requires third-party evaluations and reports of the VA’s mental health care programs to determine if changes are necessary to better serve the veterans. The Clay Hunt Act also created a more centralized website with resources and information about mental health resources for veterans.

While these pieces of legislation will not completely solve the issue, they are important steps to help improve our mental health system. Perhaps one of the best actions we can take is to simply be there to support and encourage our veterans. Whether it means a phone call to check-in or spending an afternoon together, family and friends are the most critical forms of assistance for our veterans. We can all contribute to helping our veterans, and I hope you will take time to consider how you can give back to those who have given so much.

For more information, and for the Veterans Crisis Line, please visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/. If you have questions or comments about this or any other issue facing the federal government, I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.
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Loebsack Introduces “Never Again” Legislation to Address Veteran Suicide Epidemic

2016/09/22

Please find below a press release from Representative Loebsack on the introduction of the Never Again Act.

Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation along with Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) to ensure no veteran seeking in-patient psychiatric care at a Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center is ever denied such care again. Earlier this summer, Sgt. Brandon Ketchum, a veteran from Davenport, Iowa, was turned away from a VA facility after seeking psychiatric help. After being denied care, he tragically took his own life. Sgt. Ketchum’s tragic death reinforced the need for a change at the VA to ensure any veteran who is suffering from a mental health issue gets the treatment they need and deserve. Simply put, under the Never Again Act, if a veteran asks for mental health care from the VA, they will get it.

“I introduced the Never Again Act to ensure that no veteran in crisis is ever turned away again. This legislation would require VA Medical Centers to provide psychiatric care for any veteran that asks for it,” said Loebsack. “After Sgt. Ketchum’s heartbreaking suicide, I met with various veterans, Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) and community members to develop this legislation. Our veterans have sacrificed too much to ever feel alone when struggling with mental health issues. When these veterans reach out, we as a country owe it to them to answer their call. I am proud to work with Congressman Stivers to ensure our veterans get the care they are seeking.”

“We face a devastating mental health crisis in this country - particularly in our veterans community - where people who seek help are often turned away,” Stivers said. “No veteran should ever be turned away when asking for in-patient psychiatric care, and I am proud to join Representative Loebsack in introducing this legislation to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve.”

“Never Again Act” Background
The Never Again Act would require that when a veteran enrolled in the VA health care system requests at a VA Medical Center to be admitted for in-patient psychiatric care, the VA must provide that care for the veteran in the psychiatric ward of that Medical Center. If there are not enough beds or providers at that location, the VA must find care for the veteran at a non-VA facility. The bill would not prevent admissions as they currently operate – for example, if a veteran displays suicidal ideations but does not explicitly request to be admitted to the in-patient psychiatric ward, his or her doctor could still recommend admission – but rather would supplement existing policy.

The “Never Again Act” has been endorsed by the following organizations
AMVETS, American Legion, National Guard Association of the United States, Marine Corps Reserve Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Stop Soldier Suicide

Original cosponsors of the legislation
Steve Stivers (OH-15), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Randy Weber (TX-14), Walter Jones (NC-03), Michael Honda (CA-17), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Charles Rangel (NY-13), José Serrano (NY-15), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Tim Walz (MN-01), Tom Marino (PA-10), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Rod Blum (IA-01), Tom Rooney (FL-17), Grace Napolitano (CA-32) Read More

Rep. Stivers Leads Letter to FDA Expressing Concerns with EpiPen Prices

2016/09/20

WASHINGTON, DC – Recently, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) sent a letter along with 46 Members of the House of Representatives to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to express concerns with the skyrocketing cost and access of the EpiPen (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector, a drug that is used in emergency treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions.

Since 2004, the price for a two-pack of the EpiPen has increased from an average of about $50 to more than $300 each today. With no generic version currently on the market, Mylan Pharmaceuticals holds a near monopoly on the drug relied on by 3.6 million Americans.

“These price increases have created a significant cost burden on those who rely on them for anaphylactic emergencies,” the letter stated. “The skyrocketing cost of EpiPens is a direct result of the absence of competition and an inefficient Food and Drug Administration review process.”

Recently, the FDA rejected a request from another pharmaceutical company to start producing an alternative. The letter goes on to request the FDA clarifies if any barriers exist to competing pharmaceutical companies for the approval of safe alternative products to EpiPen.

“The FDA should seek to spur competition by streamlining the approval process in a way that reduces barriers to entry for pharmaceutical companies wishing to produce epinephrine auto injectors while ensuring all new products are safe for use,” the letter stated.

Cosigners of the letter include Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), David Young (R-IA), Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Dave Brat (R-VA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Trent Kelly (R-MS), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), David Rouzer (R-NC), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Diane Black (R-TN), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Scott Perry (R-PA), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Frank Guinta (R-NH), Mike Bost (R-IL), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Ryan Zinke (R-MT), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), David Jolly (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), David Roe (R-TN), Michael Turner (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Daniel Donovan Jr. (R-NY), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Walter Jones (R-NC), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Dave Reichert (R-WA), and Brad Ashford (D-NE).

To read the full text of the letter, click here.

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Are You Prepared for Medicare Enrollment?

2016/09/16

The “Baby Boomers” generation of Americans born in the years following World War II represent one of the largest generations in our nation’s history. With this generation becoming older and reaching the age of 65, the number of new enrollees into Medicare continues to rise. In fact, since 2011, an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers per day turn 65, and this statistic is expected to continue through 2030. Many of the employees in the Social Security Administration are also part of the Baby Boomer generation, meaning these offices are also losing some of the most experienced staff.  More than ever before, it is necessary to ensure you keep track of deadlines and prepare if you are turning 65 in the near future or are already enrolled in Medicare.

First and foremost, it is important to start the enrollment process early. Medicare enrollment lasts for a 7-month period that begins 3 months prior to turning 65. Applications can either be submitted through setting up an appointment at any Social Security office or online. To find the Social Security office closest to you, or to apply online, visit www.ssa.gov or www.medicare.gov. It should also be noted that enrolling for Medicare is not mandatory. However, if you do not enroll in Medicare when you turn 65, and decide you want to enroll later, you can be subject to higher costs and a longer wait for coverage to take effect.

For those who already have Medicare, plans can change cost and coverage on a yearly basis, making the open enrollment period a critical time to switch plans if necessary. September and October is the best time of the year to review your current plan, and starting on October 15, open enrollment begins and changes can be made to current plans until December 7. New coverage takes effect on January 1 each year. If you are interested in making a change to your Medicare coverage, visit www.medicare.gov and use the “Medicare Plan Finder” to search for different options.

There are times when people experience difficulties either signing up for Medicare, or with Medicare claims and plans after coverage has started. Fortunately, my office is here to help with issues you may be experiencing with Medicare. My office can help provide you with resources to guide you through the process of enrolling, as well as assist with issues you are having with your current plan.  We can also help you in setting up your appointment at the Social Security office to enroll in Medicare. Learn more about how my office can help you navigate Medicare by calling my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve you in Congress, and I hope you can use my offices as a resource for you in working with federal agencies. If you have questions or comments about this or any other circumstance you are facing with a federal agency, I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049. Read More

Representatives Stivers, Beatty and Tiberi Introduce Bill Supporting National Designation for the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus

2016/09/15

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced legislation (H.R. 6038) to designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum being constructed in Columbus, Ohio as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.” Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH) are lead cosponsors, along with Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Bob Latta (R-OH), Mike Turner (R-OH), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Stephen Fincher (R-TN) and Pete Sessions (R-TX), joining as additional cosponsors of the bill. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) plans to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

The museum, located at 300 West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, will serve as a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 40 million veterans. It will be the only public museum of its kind that exists for the exclusive role of sharing the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.

“As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I understand the need to educate people on our military, while also sharing and preserving the stories of the incredible sacrifices our veterans make for our freedoms,” Stivers said. “I am proud to support this museum for all of the great contributions it will make for central Ohio and the veterans community across the country.”

“I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to our nation’s more than 40 million Veterans,” Beatty said. “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will serve as a permanent landmark to the selfless service of so many brave Americans and as a memorial to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Beatty continued, “I am proud to join Congressman Stivers, as well as Congressman Tiberi, in introducing this piece of legislation.”   

“Our service members bravely answer the call to serve our nation,” said Tiberi. “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is just one way we can honor them and their families, and ensure future generations know about the many sacrifices they made for us. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to my colleagues and the Ohio veterans community for supporting this bipartisan legislation.”

The veterans community in Ohio has also joined in support of the museum and legislation.

“There are almost 22 million living veterans throughout the United States, from our Greatest Generation to our recent service members coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Major General Dennis Laich, US Army (retired). “The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will honor the sacrifice of these veterans and their families and the ones that came before them. It’s thanks to this sacrifice that we all enjoy the benefits of freedom, security and democracy.”

“The time for a National Veterans Memorial and Museum is now,” said Colonel Tom Moe, US Air Force (retired).  “Our veterans have contributed significantly to our country after their military service—voluntarily serving in important and ongoing public service and also as professionals in the fields of science, technology and medicine. Their stories need to be shared.”

“The stories of our veterans are rich and timeless and need to be shared,” said Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, US Army (Ret). “They provide an anchor by which we can understand the definition of honor, duty and service above self.”

The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation is managing the project, leading the design, construction, exhibit development and fundraising elements for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

“With an iconic design already under construction, work to expand the scope of the exhibits to include national stories and artifacts continues,” said Guy V. Worley, President/CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation. “It is our goal to make the National Veterans Memorial and Museum a destination for our nation’s veterans, their families and our country at large.”

The museum broke ground for construction in December 2015, following the generous donations from Les and Abigail Wexner, the State of Ohio, Franklin County, and many other foundations and corporations. The grand opening date for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is expected to be in the Spring/Summer 2018.

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Honoring Those Who Served On 9/11 and Every Day in Our Communities

2016/09/09

“Today, our nation saw evil – the very worst of human nature – and we responded with the best of America.” – President George W. Bush, Address to the Nation on September 11, 2001

For many of us, when we think of September 11, 2001, we can remember exactly where we were when we learned of the terrorist attacks. Even today, we can still hear the news broadcasts. We can still see the images of the planes colliding into the towers, and the buildings tumbling down. We can still feel the emotions of that day. The memories reverberate for each of us, even fifteen years later.

As President George W. Bush indicated in his address to the nation on the night of the attacks, we also saw the best of America on September 11th and in the weeks and months that followed. Our country came together in the face of tragedy. When cities were thrown into panic and chaos, our law enforcement offices and first responders courageously ran toward the danger, putting their own lives at risk in the service of others.

In the years since the attacks, we have heard countless stories of the heroic action by police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and even ordinary citizens who rose up to help that day. This is the type of bravery and selflessness law enforcement officers and first responders exhibit across the country, each and every day.  No matter how big or small of a department, these men and women make tremendous sacrifices to keep us safe and serve our communities. Too often these sacrifices go unrecognized, as their work helps to maintain the normalcy of our daily lives.  It is only in times of crisis, when we are searching for security and comfort, that we are aware of their essential service.

This week, I hope you will take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by all of the men and women who did not hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 to serve our country, and those who bravely serve our communities every day. While it has been 15 years since the attacks, we will never forget those who lost their lives on September 11th. Nor will we forget how our nation came together in adversity, led by the example and the selfless patriotism exhibited by our servicemen and women.

It is my honor to serve you in Congress, and I look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049 with any questions or comments you have about issues facing the federal government.
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Members of the Ohio Delegation Push for East Coast Missile Defense System to be Located at Camp Ravenna

2016/08/24

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined with 16 Members of the Ohio Delegation to send a letter to Vice Admiral James D. Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), requesting consideration of the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center as the preferred site for the East Coast Missile Defense System. Signers of the letter included Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Dave Joyce (R-OH), Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Jim Renacci (R-OH), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Bob Latta (R-OH), and Steve Chabot (R-OH).

Missile Defense Systems are used to intercept ballistic missiles headed for American soil. In 2013, Congress voted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act to require the MDA to conduct environmental impact studies to search for potential sites for an East Coast Missile Defense System. With growing threats to our national security, especially from Iran and North Korea, an East Coast Missile Defense System would be an important addition for our national defense.

“Ohioans stand ready to support the defense of our nation and look forward to this potential opportunity to strengthen the regional economy,” the letter stated.

Camp Ravenna is located in Northeast Ohio, in close vicinity to the Akron and Youngstown transportation networks, making it easier to facilitate the flow of military and construction traffic this project would bring. Currently, there are two Missile Defense System locations in California and Alaska. Fort Drum in New York and the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan are the other locations being considered on the East Coast.

“It is estimated that the $3.6 billion project could help support 2,300 jobs in the region during construction and directly employ up to 850 people full-time once the system is operational,” the letter stated. “This represents a significant investment in a region of our state that is continuing to recover economically.”

To read the full text of the letter, click here.

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Stivers' Opioid Summit looks for solutions

2016/08/17

CIRCLEVILLE — Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) brought his fourth annual Opioid Summit to Ohio Christian University Wednesday in an effort to explore solutions to the drug epidemic. Stivers listened to the concerns of community leaders and officials from his 12-county district that includes Athens, Clinton, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, Ross and Vinton counties.

“There’s no panacea, there’s no silver bullet here, but what we’re looking for is to create a puzzle where we fill in all the pieces that deals with the drug epidemic in this country,” Stivers said.

The summit was split into four roundtable breakout groups that addressed drug treatment, prevention, housing & employment for recovering addicts, and criminal justice.

The Criminal Justice group was led by Eric Brown, deputy director of Ohio HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). Representatives from law enforcement, the state legislature, and the legal community discussed how attitudes toward drug offenders have changed over the past several decades.

“We can’t prosecute our way out of this,” said Judge Frederick Moses with Hocking County Municipal Court. “Back in the 1980s it was, lock them up.”

Eric Brown said that the system is in the midst of a much-needed culture change.

“Public safety is coming together with public health,” he said. “We never used to know about preventative treatment. Now we have a better understanding of how we can work together.”

Terri Minney with Ross County’s Heroin Partnership Project said her group has been working with first responders to provide tools that help officers help the addicts they encounter on the streets.

“If an addict approaches an officer and says they want to get off of drugs, we’re providing cheat sheets to post in their cruisers so the officers will have resources to recommend,” Minney said. “We created resource cards for officers to hand out that list detox centers and information about amnesty programs.”

Other positive solutions discussed included the use of Vivitrol for addicts, and implementing drug courts that send low-level drug offenders to treatment instead of jail.

“We have a lot of opiate summits, so how do we judge success?” Eric Brown asked the group. “Reduction in overdose deaths—that’s how we judge success.”

Congressman Stivers visited all four breakout groups to hear the discussions and suggestions.

“That’s the beauty of this for me. I get the value of 100 experts in their own area who give me a to-do list that I walk out of here and try to execute,” he said. Read More

Opiate summit looks at what's working where

2016/08/17

CIRCLEVILLE - Representatives of Ross County and Chillicothe attended an opiate summit Wednesday to discuss what they're doing in the community and hear about what's working in others.

The fourth opioid summit, hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, invited organizations and people from throughout Ohio's 15th District to participate in a discussion about what is being done and what needs addressed in the fight against opioid addiction.

"I'm so proud of all the things that have been going on, but Ross County and Chillicothe have been a real leader in the fight against this opioid epidemic out there," Stivers said.

In Ross County, Stivers noted efforts in the Keys to Success program at Chillicothe High School; Centering Pregnancy, a program at Adena Regional Medical Center for pregnant women who are struggling with addiction; the Heroin Partnership Program; and the Ross County Sheriff's drug take-back program.

"Those are some of the things that are going on in Ross County that we're really excited about and need to make sure get passed on to folks all around the state because they can learn from what's going on in Ross County," Stivers said.

Representatives of programs and organizations outside Ross County were able to discuss their own efforts.

"I was really impressed with all the participants and how committed the different communities are to tackle the heroin epidemic in not only their communities but across the state," said Teri Minney, coordinator of the Heroin Partnership Project.

Kim Jones, Adena's community health director, also was grateful to hear about projects in other areas.

"You actually could take some of these things that they're doing, and replicating it, that makes it much easier. And finding out where they got the funding to do it, all the back end stuff that makes it so hard," Jones said.

Stivers invited the summit's participants to think about paying for success based on performance in programs, and he passed out information on available grant funds and key legislation, including the recently passed Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Attendees divided into four groups to directly address discussions on criminal justice, housing and employment, prevention, and treatment. The format was different than in years past, where the discussion has been styled as a roundtable.

"It allowed each individual area to dig deeper, and I think we probably got more participation because we essentially got four hours of discussion in one hour. But what was lost was the cross-talk between the areas so we're going to try to relook at it again and see if we can improve it even more. But I'm glad we let people try a new format," Stivers said.

The groups came together for the last half-hour of the summit to address some of their main talking points after the subsets allowed them to discuss what each organization represented was doing and what was needed in their own communities.

"For me, for sure, it's figuring out how to make sure we deal with funding for treatment. It is figuring out what we do to make sure that naloxone is available to local law enforcement and first responders to save lives of people that have overdosed. And we only talked about it a little bit, but this whole idea of re-entry and making sure that people are in recovery and come out of recovery can get a job and can go to school and have an opportunity at a second chance," Stivers said.

"This is really about a culture change, not just a law enforcement initiative but a culture change to combat drug addiction, and it takes all members of a community to do that," Minney said.

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Raised in Ripley, Ohio, Steve Stivers learned from his mother and father the importance of family, hard work and public service, which have been the values he has carried with him through his life, whether as a student at The Ohio State University, a soldier serving overseas, as a State Senator, or as a Member of Congress.

Stivers is currently serving his third term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including: all of Athens, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of: Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers is serving his third term his third term on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. Members who serve on the committee also work on housing and consumer protection legislation and oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

In addition, Stivers has been tapped to serve on the Committee on Rules, which is charged with determining which bills reach the House Floor for a vote. Historically, the Committee is often known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker up until 1910 and is the means through which the Speaker of the House manages the House Floor. The Committee also determines how long and under what rules the full body of the House will debate each bill.

Throughout his career, Steve Stivers has led the way supporting programs and initiatives to encourage job creation, promote economic development, and put our country’s fiscal house in order. As he wrapped up a successful first term in office, two of Stivers veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and TRICARE for Kids, were rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President. In his second term in office, Stivers had two bills make their way to the President’s desk. These two bills, H.R. 1391 and H.R. 4189,would re-name two postal facilities located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after our fallen veterans. These bills are a small measure Congress can take to honor the lives of brave service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate and before that worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One, where he focused on promoting economic development and encouraging job creation.

A career soldier, Stivers has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Colonel. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.

Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.


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Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

Warren Davidson

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