President Obama has proclamined September 2015 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!”
House Energy and Commerce Committee approves PDMP authorization bill with language to help promote collaboration with State substance abuse agencies
On Thursday July 23, the House Energy and Commerce Committee considered and approved H.R. 1725, the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Reauthorization Act of 2015. The author of the bill is Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and co-sponsors include Representatives Kennedy (D-MA), Buscon (R-IN), and Pallone (D-N.J.). The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is Joe Pitts (R-PA) and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee is Gene Green (D-TX). The bill seeks to continue the momentum gained by States on issues related to data interoperability by requiring applicants for NASPER funds to include certain information in their application. For example, H.R. 1725 requires applicants to report the extent to which the PDMP program is able to share information with other health IT systems such as e-prescribing systems, health information exchanges and electronic health records systems.
The update provides an overview of the status of the FY 2016 appropriations process in both the House and Senate. Individual program allocations are included in the detailed charts – with information about the FY 2015 budget allotment, President’s request, House version, and Senate version.
The fact sheet provides information about neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) including prevalence, appropriate treatment options for mothers and newborns, and key federal programs for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders.
Mark Stringer (Board President, MO) will be testifying at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on May 21st at 10:15 EST.
The fact sheet provides an overview of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant, including information on funding trends, outcomes, and priority populations served.
The fact sheet provides background information on the set-aside, as well as details on how States fund substance abuse prevention.
At the 2015 AATOD Conference, SAMHSA staff and State Opioid Treatment Authorities (SOTAs) convened a day-long meeting to share information and discuss topics of interest to both SAMHSA and the States concerning opioid treatment and regulating Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs). Continue reading