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.
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 your U.S. Representative and click here to find your U.S. Senators.
What You Need to Say: Let your Representative/Senators know you are an addiction professional in their state or district. Ask them to support increasing federal funding in FY2021 for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), including:
- A $500 million increase for the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant;
- $25 million for HRSA’s Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce; and
- $15.7 million for SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program.
Congress has the opportunity now to support treatment and recovery services in the next Fiscal Year for countless Americans living with addiction across the country. Remember to provide your contact information to your Representative/Senator and ask them to follow up with any questions!