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Acknowledging that addiction is a crisis that “touches families in every community in red states and blue states, across all races and creeds,” President Joe Biden told Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit attendees in prepared remarks presented on Monday that his administration will face the challenge head-on.
Coronavirus
Ron Manderscheid, President and CEO, NACBHDD and NARMH
Times of crisis require bold action. Three recent pieces of legislation reflect the depth of the coronavirus crisis and the dramatic nature of our national response.
Legislation
Aimed at improving the sharing of patients’ substance use history between providers, the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act would require patient consent and protect patients from SUD-related discrimination.
Policy
A final ruling by a U.S. district judge has cleared the way for not-for-profit Safehouse to open a supervised injection facility in South Philadelphia, the first such facility to legally operate in the United States.
Policy
The office of Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey this week announced that the state has reached agreements with five health insurers and two companies that manage behavioral health coverage based on investigations of potential parity law violations.
Policy/Advocacy
As National Council continues its push to secure funding for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration program, it has released data that shows voters on both sides of the aisle support an increase in federal funding for mental health and addiction treatment services.
Policy
Ron Manderscheid, President and CEO, NACBHDD and NARMH
The event, held last week in Washington, D.C., served as a state of the union for behavioral healthcare, drawing attention to the largest issues facing the field.
Policy/Advocacy
Ron Manderscheid, President and CEO, NACBHDD and NARMH
The guide includes strategies for fiscal management during the opioid crisis, workforce development, expanding broadband access, bridging transportation gaps to improve substance use services and overcoming economic challenges.
Policy/Advocacy
The New York Association of Addiction Services and Professionals and the Coalition for Behavioral Health on Thursday announced a partnership to boost their addiction treatment and behavioral health advocacy efforts.
Policy
Ron Manderscheid, President and CEO, NACBHDD and NARMH
Identification of a more rapid pathway for research on cannabinoids and a separate pathway for research on over-the-counter products were among the topics discussed by Summit speakers.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has opted to prohibit prior authorization requirements for opioid use disorder medications under private insurance, but not under Medicaid.
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