NAADAC Applauds the Passing of the 21st Century Cures Act

President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on Tuesday. This critically important legislation provides $1 billion over two years in grants to states for opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as such as improving prescription drug monitoring programs, implementing prevention activities, training for health care providers and expanding access to opioid treatment programs.

The bill also creates federal drug courts and programs for alternatives to incarceration for individuals with SUD, and encourages integration of care for SUD with primary care.

NAADAC was honored to be invited to attend the bill signing at the White House, which was attended by NAADAC’s Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy. The invitation and inclusion in Tuesday’s events serve as reminders that the advocacy work being performed by our members and constituents is having an impact and that we are being heard by lawmakers.

"NAADAC is encouraged by the enactment of the Cures Act as an important and large step in the direction in which we need to move to support treatment and recovery. It is historic that both sides of the aisle agreed on this legislation at the close of the Obama Administration. We also recognize that we have a long haul in the battle to reduce substance use disorders as a major health disease affecting one out of three Americans,” said Moreno Tuohy.

Although the bill is not perfect, NAADAC believes it will make a tremendous impact on the lives of those living with substance use disorders and their families.

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Kristin Hamilton
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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.
Posted by Kristin Hamilton at 9:15 AM
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