Friday, July 22, 2016
Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) Passes - Now We Need Funding!
For Immediate Release
ALEXANDRIA, VA - NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is excited and heartened by President Obama's signing of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (“CARA”) into law on July 22, 2016. This is the first time in decades comprehensive addiction legislation has been enacted. NAADAC has spent three years advocating for the passage of CARA with many partner organizations and views the passage of this act as a significant first legislative step to fight the opioid epidemic and strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.
NAADAC supports efforts to expand medication-assisted treatment availability, incorporate an evidence-based approach to treatment, expanded education, SBIRT, and support services, and create services focused on underserved populations. However, while the act makes several significant changes and lays out a roadmap for addressing the opioid epidemic, NAADAC shares in the White House's disappointment in the lack of funding. The $181 million authorized for this purpose pursuant to CARA is not sufficient to fund all of these efforts and falls short of funding the bold initiatives it is proposing. NAADAC believes it is critically important that more funds be appropriated to ensure that CARA has a more meaningful impact on the daily struggles of those suffering from addictions and that addiction professionals face while working in addiction prevention, treatment, intervention and recovery support.
NAADAC Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy states, “We are cautiously optimistic. While some funding is better than no funding in the battle to save lives, we need to be reminded that our country is still facing substantive challenges fighting the opioid epidemic, in addition to drug, alcohol, and other addictions that cannot be forgotten. The critical need for more substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery programs still exists and will need to be addressed to stop the tide of useless deaths in the United States.”
NAADAC will continue its efforts to advocate for adequate funding for CARA and looks forward to continuing work with our partners and with Congress to ensure that the full potential of CARA is realized.
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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.