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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 through recognized standards of education, training, and competencies (H.R.364) introduced by Representatives Joyce, Ryan, Johnson, Trone, and Tonko! As advocates for the profession, your voice is critical in building support for the resolution and for the vital services you provide your clients every day. Click here to find your U.S. Representative. You can also call the U.S. Capitol directly at 202-224-3121.

What do you need to say in your email or call?

Let your Representative know that you are an addiction professional in their district. The addiction professional workforce is represented by more than 100,000 counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals. NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is calling on Members of Congress to support the newly-introduced resolution that acknowledges the importance of the addiction profession, which highlights the addiction profession and the requisite knowledge, training, competencies, and credentials needed for delivering quality, effective substance use disorder counseling.

Access to high quality, effective treatment and recovery services is critical to addressing our nation’s addiction epidemic. Licensure and credentialing requirements, however, vary greatly from state to state and serve as a barrier to entry, advancement, and retention for this key segment of the workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the advancement of telehealth as an acceptable form of assessment and treatment, so it is more important than ever that we have standardized credentials that are able to cross state boundaries and offer the support that a mobile society of people in recovery needs to have in their lives.

Furthermore, we encourage Congress to work with NAADAC and other stakeholders in the addiction workforce to support national credentials that have been developed to ensure standardized training and education requirements are utilized to educate, train, and credential the next generation of addiction professionals. A standard, recognizable set of addiction professional credentials would provide clarity for providers and payers, as well as assurance to individuals seeking quality, effective treatment and recovery services for themselves or their loved ones.