Ask Your Senator or Representative to Support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015
NAADAC is joining together with Faces & Voices of Recovery, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Young People in Recovery, and others for a mass "Call-In" Day on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and needs your help in contacting your Senator(s) and/or Representatives!
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015 is the most expansive federal, bipartisan legislation to date for addiction support services, designating up to $80 million toward advancing treatment and recovery support services in state and local communities across the country. The bill was first introduced in September 2014, and then reintroduced in the 114th Congress in February 2015. The bill was introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and is currently sitting in the Senate and House Judiciary committees, as well as the House Education & Work Force and Energy & Commerce committees.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 will:
- Provide up to $80 million in funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery
- Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and interventions program. While we have services and medications that can help treat addiction, there is a critical need to get the training and resources necessary to expand use of evidence-based treatment services and medications to assist treatment and recovery throughout the country.
- Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services
- Expand prevention and educational efforts—particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations—to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery
- Expand recovery support for students in high school or enrolled in institutions of higher learning
- Expand and develop community-based recovery services in communities across the country
- Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives
- Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment
- Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents
CARA needs your support as it moves forward through the legislative process! We urge you to get into action and contact your Senator and Representative today and urge them to co-sponsor and support CARA!
CALL TO ACTION: NATIONAL CALL IN DAY IS APRIL 29TH
The Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act of 2015 needs more co-sponsors in Congress if it will ever become a reality. Contacting your congressional representatives is easy! Lend your voice by participating in the national call-in day and let your representatives know the importance of supporting addiction treatment.
Here is how you can take action:
- Track the Bill.
- Call and Email your Senator & Representative and urge them to both co-sponsor and support CARA! Click HERE to get their contact information (courtesy of Faces & Voices of Recovery).