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The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.
We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.
News and Highlights
Seventy-two leading organizations and national experts in the field of addiction policy, research and treatment today issued a joint statement opposing the Senate’s healthcare repeal plan, warning that it would undermine efforts to address the opioid crisis and significantly worsen the public heath epidemic.
The ASC represents a coordinated effort to leverage the organizations’ collective expertise across research, policy and communications to tackle broad-impact projects. One of the ASC’s first major initiatives is to increase consumer access to addiction coverage and services that they are entitled to under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
The Senate today released a draft of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. Although there was speculation that the Senate bill might be less harmful than the version approved by the House in May, the Senate proposal would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care.
The Legal Action Center strongly supports the proposed Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act, a bill introduced in the New York Senate and Assembly to improve oversight of health insurers’ compliance with state and federal mental health and substance use disorder parity laws.