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NASADAD Executive Director, Rob Morrison, testifies before Senate HELP Committee

On April 11, 2018, NASADAD’s Executive Director, Robert Morrison, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during its seventh bipartisan hearing focused on the opioid crisis. The Committee, which is led by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), released a discussion draft of the Opioid Crisis Response Act earlier in April, and during the hearing they sought input from witnesses on the bill, as well as other issues related to substance use disorders.

In addition to responding to certain provisions in the discussion draft, during his verbal testimony Mr. Morrison highlighted: the important role of the State alcohol and drug agencies; the critical role of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant as the cornerstone of the publicly funded system; and the use of State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant funds for comprehensive and innovative services.

Other witnesses who testified during the hearing were Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum (APF), and Jennifer Donahue, Child Abuse Investigation Coordinator for the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate.

Mr. Morrison’s written testimony, as well as the entire recording of the hearing, can be accessed here.

NASADAD Releases Summary of Administration’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal

On February 12, 2018, the Administration released “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). NASADAD developed  a summary of the Administration’s proposed funding levels for the Association’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as select programs within the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The document compares the President’s FY 2019 proposal to the final FY 2018 funding levels that were included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in March 2018.

Access NASADAD’s FY 2019 budget chart here.

NASADAD releases detailed chart summarizing Administration’s FY 2019 budget proposal

On February 12, 2018, the Administration released “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). NASADAD has released a budget chart summarizing the Administration’s proposed funding levels for the Association’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as select programs within the Department of Justice (DOJ). The chart compares the President’s FY 2019 proposal to the final FY 2018 funding levels that were included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in March 2018.

Access the chart here.

NASADAD releases Section-by-Section Summary of CARA 2.0

On February 27, 2018, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced “CARA 2.0,” a bill that aims to build upon the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. CARA 2.0 increases the funding authorization levels of several CARA 2016 programs, and proposes  policy changes to address the opioid crisis.

Access NASADAD’s summary of CARA 2.0 here.

NASADAD updates fact sheet on opioids

NASADAD has updated its fact sheet on opioids to include the latest data on the topic, such as the recently released overdose death figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The fact sheet reviews prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl, and provides an epidemiological overview of the problem. Additionally, this iteration of the fact sheet highlights the continuum of care—prevention, treatment, and recovery—as it relates to opioids. Access the fact sheet here.

NASADAD releases FY 2018 appropriations update for priority programs within HHS

The update provides an overview of the status of the FY 2018 appropriations process. Individual program allocations are included in the detailed charts – with information about the FY 2017 budget allotment, as well as President’s FY 2018 request and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ recommendations.

Continue reading here.

Texas Releases Final Evaluation Report of Recovery Support Services Project

The University of Texas’ Addiction Research Institute released a report that provides an overview of the State’s Recover Support Services Initiative, which began in 2014. It contains over one year of collected data on participants that shows encouraging results in a variety of life domains (including housing and employment) and a significant reduction in healthcare costs.

The report can be found here.