NAADAC’s 2019 Advocacy in Action Conference and Hill Day was a success! NAADAC members and other addiction professionals from across the country gathered at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD on April 10, 2019 to attend briefings on legislation, national budget, and advocacy issues, and receive a robust training on effective advocacy for meetings on Capitol Hill.
The event included guest speakers from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL), the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NATAP), and the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
June S. Sivilli the Associate Director of Public Health, Education and Treatment at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, provided the opening keynote session. Sivilli discussed the National Drug Control Strategy, including the major objectives for treatment, prevention, and recovery for ONDCP, and spent time addressing questions from attendees on ONDCP’s future goals for the addiction profession.
On April 11, 2019, attendees gathered on Capitol Hill where they were prepped for meetings with legislative representatives by staff from the offices of Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Congressman Hal Rogers, and Congressman Dave Joyce. Following the briefing, NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy presented the 2019 Legislator of the Year award, which was awarded to Congressman David Joyce (14th District of Ohio) for his demonstrated commitment to addiction professionals and the individuals they serve.
When the briefings concluded, attendees conducted over two dozen meetings with Members of Congress and their legislative representatives. In these meetings, advocates brought attention to the issues that concern addiction professionals, such as a need for national credentialing standards, the need to reject efforts to align 42 CFR Part 2 with HIPAA standards, the need to invest in the addiction workforce through funding for HRSA’s loan repayment programs and the minority fellowship program, and the need for further study to be conducted on the effects of medical marijuana.
NAADAC would like to thank our impressive lineup of featured speakers, who include Garth Van Meter, Gary Tennis, Israil Ali, Julie Shroyer, June S. Sivilli, Marvin Ventrell, Michael Kemp, Patsy Cunningham, Robert Morrison, Sherri Layton, and Tim Casey.
NAADAC would also like to thank our Bronze Sponsor Acadia Healthcare for its generous support!
View the photos from this year's conference on NAADAC's Facebook or the 2019 Advocacy in Action webpage.