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Category: Advocacy Alert
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
After delaying a vote before the election, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote as soon as tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 3rd) on the Marijuana Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3884) . While this legislation is being promoted as a social justice bill - aimed at decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the record of low level offenders, as drafted it would also fully legalize and commercialize marijuana. While NAADAC supports the decriminalization of...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
With the 2020 presidential election in the rearview mirror, lawmakers are returning to Washington, DC, for the lame duck session of the 116th Congress. There are a number of outstanding issues that require Congress’ attention before the end of the year, including negotiating a COVID-19 relief package and fiscal 2021 spending bills.
Contact your lawmakers TODAY to help keep the pressure on Congress to reach agreements that provide critical funding for the addiction profession and the...
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Monday, September 21, 2020
Congressional leaders in the House of Representatives delayed a vote on the Marijuana Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3884) until after the November election. While the collective voice of advocates contributed to the vote’s delay, we need to keep up the pressure on Congress as leaders are expected to bring the bill up for a vote later this year.
While this legislation is being promoted as a social justice bill, as drafted it would fully legalize and commercialize...
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Monday, September 14, 2020
The House of Representatives is expected to vote this month on the Marijuana Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act ( H.R. 3884 ). While this legislation is being promoted as a social justice bill, as drafted it would fully legalize and commercialize marijuana. NAADAC does not currently support the use of marijuana as medicine or for recreational purposes. NAADAC recently joined a group of addiction stakeholders sending a letter to House leaders opposing the MORE Act.
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Monday, August 17, 2020
In August, Members of Congress travel home for a period of time to connect with their constituents about issues impacting them. This is an opportunity for addiction professionals to make connections, develop relationships, and highlight personal stories about how there are countless Americans with addiction across the country!
How can you make an impact?
You can interact with your legislators and share your personal stories by email, social media, or phone. Members are also holding...
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Friday, August 7, 2020
The West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (WVAADC), NAADAC’s West Virginia affiliate, held a virtual discussion with Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) during their quarterly board meeting on July 31, 2020. The idea for the discussion came about over concerns from the WVAADC Public Policy Committee that the inclusion of substance use disorder (SUD) issues have been absent in the narrative for negotiating the recent round of COVID-19 relief.
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Friday, August 7, 2020
HRSA Awards Funding to Address Opioid Crisis
On August 6, 2020, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced over $100 million in funding to combat substance use disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD).
HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $89 million to rural organizations participating in the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. The funding will be used to enhance and expand service delivery for SUD and OUD in rural communities
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Congress and the White House are currently negotiations another COVID-19 relief package. Given the emergency needs arising from the public health emergency, the House and Senate have proposed increasing funding for substance use disorder (SUD) programs.
Contact your lawmakers TODAY! Please call the U.S. Capitol directly at 202-224-3121 and urge your Representative/Senators to fight for investments in SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. Click here to find...
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Monday, August 3, 2020
In June, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will be distributing $15 billion in emergency relief funds to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed care plans that have not yet received a payment from the HHS Provider Relief Fund. The funds are expected to provide relief for a number of Medicaid providers, including mental health and substance use providers that may not have been eligible for previous funding...
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Thursday, July 30, 2020
Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to invest and bring parity to mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems. The Congressman also introduced the Behavioral Health Coordination and Communication Act ( H.R.7723 ) to establish a new Interagency Coordinator to oversee all federal behavioral health efforts and mandate reports and proposals to identify systemic gaps.
NAADAC provided the Congressman with recommendations to...
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Friday, July 24, 2020
On July 23, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar signed an extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency. HHS has issues a number of regulatory waivers to help providers respond to COVID-19, including flexibilities for telehealth that have been impactful for substance use disorder patients and providers.
NAADAC is pleased that HHS is extending these flexibilities for another 90 days to allow additional time for Congress and HHS to continue working with stakeholders to...
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Contribution by NAADAC Public Policy Committee
July 22, 2020, marked the four-year anniversary of the day the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 was signed into law. The bill was introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (WI) as the first major federal addiction act in 40 years.
When the bill was first developed in 2014, it received limited support on Capitol Hill, though NAADAC provided steadfast backing right away. In March...
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Monday, July 6, 2020
A select group of participants from the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), including NAADAC, participated in a Zoom meeting with Congressman Kevin Hern (R-OK) on June 30, 2020. Representative Hern represents the 1st District of Oklahoma and is a member of the Freshman Working Group on Addiction. The roundtable discussion was co-hosted by MHLG and the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and provided advocates with the opportunity to provide education and raise the visibility of our collective...
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Monday, July 6, 2020
In the coming days, House and Senate Appropriations Committee members are expected to draft and vote on Fiscal Year 2021 spending bills. While Congress has made critical investments in substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, treatment, and recovery programs over the last several years, more is needed to continue this progress. Funding for SUD programs is critical this year given that data is showing a significant increase in substance use as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
NAADAC participated in the May 18 th Congressional Mental Health Caucus virtual roundtable with approximately 75 advocates representing national mental health organizations and eight Members of Congress. The event was co-hosted by Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-TX) and John Katko (R-NY). Advocates received updates on legislation and policy issues from Reps. David Trone (D-MD), Paul Tonko (R-NY), Dorsi Matsui (D-CA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Joseph Kennedy (D-MD).
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Monday, May 18, 2020
On Friday, May 15, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, along with a resolution to allow for proxy voting and remote committee work in the House. Since the House-passed this new $3 trillion stimulus package, attention is now focused on the Senate.
Unlike other recent COVID-19 relief bills that quickly passed both the Senate and the House with bipartisan support, the HEROES Act was crafted by the House majority and is...
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
On May 12, Democrats in the House of Representatives released the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The $3 trillion stimulus package includes nearly $1 trillion in relief funds for state and local governments, $200 billion for hazard pay for essential workers, $100 billion for provider relief funds, and $75 billion for testing and contact tracing. A full section-by-section summary is available here .
The HEROES Act includes an investment of $3...
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Friday, March 27, 2020
On the heels of a unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives swiftly approved a historic $2 trillion stimulus measure today, aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic and bolstering the nation’s economy. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.
While the size and scale of this legislation is unprecedented in American history, there is wide acknowledgement that more will need to be...
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Friday, March 6, 2020
Update: Read the April 28, 2020 letter to Representatives Kennedy, Tonko, Matsui, Cardenas, and Trone from NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy.
On March 3, 2020, NAADAC participated in a small roundtable on Capital Hill hosted by Representatives Kennedy (D-MA), Tonko (D-NY), Matsui (D-CA), Cardanes (D-CA), Trone (D-MD) and Chairwoman Eshoo to discuss barriers, challenges, and solutions for improving our mental health and addiction care systems. The meeting brought together...
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Friday, March 6, 2020
On March 3, 2020, NAADAC closely followed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing entitled, “Combatting an Epidemic: Legislation to Help Patients with Substance Use Disorders .” In response to recent reports about delayed implementation of the 2018 SUPPORT Act law, the Committee also took the opportunity to assert its oversight function with its panel of agency witnesses.
Reports point to a lack of progress by CMS in issuing Medicaid guidance needed to...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant is the foundation for substance use treatment, prevention, and recovery systems in states and territories across the U.S. The SAPT Block Grant helps ensure that jurisdiction can address the substance use disorder issues facing their respective communities. SAPT Block Grant funding has failed to keep pace with inflation, even as our nation faces crisis. We must demand that this critical lifeline to treatment and recovery services be...
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Monday, February 24, 2020
Following the release of President Trump’s FY2021 budget proposal, A Budget for America's Future , NAADAC has reviewed the Administration’s blueprint with an eye toward its priorities for prevention, treatment and recovery services.
As always, the President’s Budget serves the function of presenting a policy vision ahead of Congress’ annual funding process and does not carry the weight of law. Already, Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) have...
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Friday, January 24, 2020
On Wednesday January 15 th , the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade,” which can be viewed in full here . As part of our continuing efforts to engage Capitol Hill, NAADAC monitored the hearing closely and is reviewing the slate of proposals raised during Wednesday’s discussion.
The hearing set out to examine the growing contrast, in recent years, between state and federal law with regard to cannabis...
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Monday, December 23, 2019
Last week, Congress reached agreement on a year-end spending bill that will provide significant funding for addiction research and substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs. NAADAC advocated strongly for number of key funding priorities and were pleased to see them included in the final package, including $12 million to establish a new Loan Repayment Program for the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce and $1.5 billion for state grants to fight the opioid crisis.
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Friday, December 13, 2019
As the current Continuing Resolution deadline draws near, House and Senate Appropriators continue to negotiate a path forward on Fiscal Year 2020 spending. While funding is set to run out on December 20 th , there is hope a full-year funding deal can still be struck.
Both the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriation bills made critical investments in substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. Supporting commitments that address the nation’s addiction...
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Contact your lawmakers today and urge them to cosponsor the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act ( S.1365 , H.R.2569 ). Tackling our nation’s addiction crisis starts with a commitment to treatment and recovery services.
The bill recognizes the scope of the crisis and the resources necessary to truly affect change. The bill provides state and local governments with $100 billion in federal funding over ten years to expand access to evidence-based treatment and recovery...
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A resolution recognizing the contributions of the Addiction Profession workforce has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. As advocates for the profession, your voice is critical in building support for H.Res. 419 and for the vital services you provide your clients every day.
On June 3, 2019, Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) and Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), along with original cosponsors Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH-06), Paul Tonko (D-NY-20), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI-05),...
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