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Category: Advocacy Alert

Statement on Gun Violence from 60 National Organizations

Originally shared by The Kennedy Forum . Our organizations write to express our deep concerns about false and harmful attempts to link mental illness and gun violence. The horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two adults on May 24 th  is just one in a long series of mass shootings throughout our country. These shootings have one thing in common – easy access to weapons that can kill with terrifying efficiency on a massive scale. Attempts to... Read More
at Monday, June 6, 2022

NAADAC’s 2022 Advocacy in Action Conference & Virtual Hill Day Was a Huge Success!

NAADAC’s 2022 Advocacy in Action Conference and Virtual Hill Day was our biggest advocacy event ever! Over 900 NAADAC members and other addiction professionals from across the country and around the globe gathered virtually on April 19-21, 2022, to attend briefings on legislation, learn about important advocacy issues, and receive robust trainings on effective advocacy in preparation for virtual meetings on Capitol Hill. The Advocacy in Action Conference featured speakers from... Read More
at Monday, April 25, 2022

Action Alert: Congress to Vote on Legalization; Further Study Needed on Cannabis

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote as early as this week on the Marijuana Opportunity and Reinvestment Expungement (MORE) Act H.R. 3617 . While this legislation appropriately decriminalizes cannabis, expunging the record of low-level offenders, as drafted it would also  fully legalize and commercialize cannabis. While NAADAC supports the decriminalization of cannabis, it does not support the use of cannabis for medicinal (until further research is completed) or... Read More
at Tuesday, March 29, 2022

NAADAC Applauds President Biden’s Focus on Addiction in State of the Union Address

Downloadable Version NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, commends President Biden’s leadership through acknowledgement and celebration of the 23 million Americans in recovery and his commitment to removing barriers and increasing access to addiction and mental health treatment in this country. NAADAC has long supported the addiction and mental health-related initiatives the President outlined, including the need for increased funding for prevention, treatment, harm... Read More
at Friday, March 4, 2022

Ask Your Senators to Cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the addiction epidemic in our country and contributed to a nearly 30 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths in the past year. Substance use disorders impact both the individual and the family, and evidence shows that when families are involved in their loved one’s treatment and recovery, outcomes improve for everyone involved. During our Advocacy in Action Conference & Virtual Hill Day in April 2021, NAADAC members met with... Read More
at Wednesday, September 22, 2021

House Appropriations Committee Passes Bill to Increase SUD Funding

On Thursday, July 15, the House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies funding bill. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on funding bills the week of July 26. Additional information on the bill is available here . [UPDATE 8/2/2021: The House of Representative voted to pass the bill on July 29, 2021. A press release about the passage can be found here .] Since the beginning of the... Read More
at Monday, July 19, 2021

White House Releases President’s FY2022 Budget

On Friday, May 28, the White House released President Biden’s complete fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget request . While Presidential budgets are non-binding and do not carry the force of law, it does provide the first in-depth glimpse of the Biden Administration’s top spending priorities for the new federal fiscal year that begins on October 1st. The $6 trillion proposal increases federal health program spending by 23 percent over current funding levels. The Health and Human Services... Read More
at Wednesday, June 2, 2021

SAMHSA Announces SUD Block Grant Awards

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has passed a series of relief bills that have provided billions of dollars in emergency funding for substance use and mental health programs. On May 18, 2021, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the allocation of an additional $1.5 billion in emergency funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant for states and territories. These funds were made available by... Read More
at Thursday, May 20, 2021

House of Representatives Passes NAADAC-Supported Bills

On Wednesday, May 12, the House of Representatives passed a number of mental health, addiction, and suicide-prevention bills. During our Advocacy in Action Conference & Virtual Hill Day last month, NAADAC members met with lawmakers to build support for increasing funding for family support programs.  We told lawmakers that the addiction crisis affects more than just the individual; it affects the family system and community. We are excited that the House of Representatives listened... Read More
at Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Action Alert: House Lawmakers Introduce Addiction Professional Resolution

On April 30, 2021, Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Bill Johnson (R-OH), David Trone (D-MD) , and Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced a resolution that helps recognize the contributions of the addiction workforce.   Contact your Representative TODAY to ask them to cosponsor the resolution acknowledging the contributions of America’s addiction professionals and their commitment to delivering evidence-based practice to individuals with substance use disorders... Read More
at Friday, April 30, 2021

The Honorable David Trone (D-MD) Awarded the NAADAC 2020 Harold Hughes Award

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is honored to recognize U.S. Representative David Trone (D-MD) as its 2020 Harold Hughes Award Recipient for his demonstrated commitment to addiction professionals and the clients they serve.  The Sen. Harold E. Hughes Advocate of the Year Award was named after Harold E. Hughes, an Iowa governor, United States senator, and lifelong advocate for addiction treatment, research, and recovery. This award is presented in recognition of... Read More
at Tuesday, April 13, 2021

ONDCP Releases Year One Priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration

Yesterday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a statement outlining year one priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration. NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, attended a call that day to learn the scope of the seven priorities identified. The following priorities range from expanding evidence-based approaches in prevention, treatment, recovery support, and harm reduction services, racial equity, reducing the supply of illicit... Read More
at Friday, April 2, 2021

President Signs American Rescue Plan

On Thursday, March 11, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law. The American Rescue Plan Act builds on the relief bills passed by Congress in 2020 and represents the first major piece of legislation passed in the 117 th Congress.   This week also marks the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic’s public health mitigation efforts that have exacerbated the opioid and substance use epidemics. NAADAC and substance use disorder and... Read More
Posted by Kristin Hamilton at Thursday, March 11, 2021

NAADAC Endorses Barriers To Suicide Act

NAADAC is proud to endorse the Barriers To Suicide Act . This bipartisan legislation was re-introduced to the 117 th Congress by U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY), the co-chairs of the House Suicide Prevention Task Force, and Grace Napolitano (D-CA), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus in late January 2021. Suicide ranks as the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and substance use disorders (SUDs) are associated with an... Read More
at Friday, February 5, 2021

Congress Passes SUD Funding and COVID-19 Relief

With the 116th Congress drawing to a close, lawmakers passed a comprehensive government spending package this week that also provides roughly $900 billion in COVID-19 stimulus funds. The federal government is currently operating on a seven-day continuing resolution to allow time for the 5,600 page bill to be enrolled and sent to the President for consideration. However, the President has expressed concern with several provisions in the bill and requested that Congress make changes that could... Read More
at Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Action Alert: Ask your Member of Congress to Oppose Marijuana Bill

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... Read More
at Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support Funding for SUD Programs During the Lame Duck Period

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... Read More
at Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support Increasing Emergency COVID Funding for SUD Programs

Congressional leaders and the White House have committed to restarting negotiations on another COVID-19 relief package. On September 28, the House released an updated version of the HEROES Act. A section-by-section summary is available here .  NAADAC is pleased that the new relief proposal includes $8.5 billion to provide increased mental health and substance use disorder support, a $5 billion increase from the House’s previous proposal that passed in May! House leaders... Read More
at Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lawmakers Introduce NAADAC-Supported Legislation to Prevent Fatal Overdoses

On September 24, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Reps. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced the Improving Medicaid Programs’ Response to Overdose Victims and Enhancing (IMPROVE) Addiction Care Act ( S. 4702 / H.R. 8388 ). This bipartisan legislation will require state Medicaid programs to use jointly-funded drug utilization review programs to increase access to treatment and boost safeguards for those on Medicaid who have experienced a... Read More
at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Keep the Pressure On: Ask Your Member of Congress to Oppose the Commercialization and Mass Marketing of Marijuana

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... Read More
at Monday, September 21, 2020

Ask Your Member of Congress to Oppose the Commercialization and Mass Marketing of Marijuana

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. Contact your... Read More
at Monday, September 14, 2020

Contact Your Members of Congress This August

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... Read More
at Monday, August 17, 2020

NAADAC’s West Virginia Affiliate Met with Senator Joe Manchin III

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.   Senator... Read More
at Friday, August 7, 2020

HRSA Awards Funding to Address Opioid Crisis

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 ... Read More
at Friday, August 7, 2020

Action Alert: Support SUD Funding in COVID-19 Relief Package

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... Read More
at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

HHS Extends Deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Funds Applications Through August 28

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... Read More
at Monday, August 3, 2020

Congressman Kennedy Introduces Mental Health & SUD Proposals

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... Read More
at Thursday, July 30, 2020

HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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... Read More
at Friday, July 24, 2020

July 22, 2016: An Important Day in SUD Advocacy History

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... Read More
at Wednesday, July 22, 2020

NAADAC Participated in Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Kevin Hern (R-OK-01)

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... Read More
at Monday, July 6, 2020

Appropriations Alert: Support Fiscal Year 2021 Spending Bills

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. ... Read More
at Monday, July 6, 2020

NAADAC Participates in Virtual Mental Health Caucus Roundtable

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).  The... Read More
at Thursday, May 21, 2020

House Passes HEROES Act

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... Read More
at Monday, May 18, 2020

House to Take Up HEROES Act May 15th

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... Read More
at Thursday, May 14, 2020

House Passes Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

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... Read More
at Friday, March 27, 2020

NAADAC Participates in Congressional Roundtable

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... Read More
at Friday, March 6, 2020

House Hearing: Implementation Delays and Combating the Crisis

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... Read More
at Friday, March 6, 2020

Support Increased SAPT Block Grant Funding

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... Read More
at Tuesday, March 3, 2020

FY2021 Federal Budget Overview

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... Read More
at Monday, February 24, 2020

Congress Explores Cannabis Policies

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... Read More
at Friday, January 24, 2020

FY20 Spending Deal Update

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. President... Read More
at Monday, December 23, 2019

Appropriations Alert: Support End of Year Funding BIll

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... Read More
at Friday, December 13, 2019

Support the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (S.1365, H.R.2569)

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... Read More
at Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Support H.R. 419 to Help Recognize the Contributions of the Addiction Workforce

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),... Read More
at Tuesday, October 15, 2019