NASADAD Celebrates Recovery Month

During the month of September, National Recovery Month, NASADAD Members, Component Group Members, and Staff submitted pictures of themselves wearing purple to help celebrate recovery and spread awareness of substance use disorder issues. Many thanks to Jen Smith (SSA, PA), Secretary and Region III representative on NASADAD’s Board of Directors, for developing this idea.

Cassandra Price (SSA, GA), NASADAD President, included with her picture this note: “Sporting my purple in support of Recovery Month 2020! Congratulations to all of those in recovery and continued unwavering hope for those searching for the path towards recovery. Never give up!”

NASADAD is grateful for the work State Director’s did in their respective States throughout the month of September, and for their ongoing efforts to support recovery every day of the year.

NASADAD releases Recovery Month Proclamation

To celebrate National Recovery Month, NASADAD released a proclamation that highlights the Association’s commitment to elevating the value and importance of recovery support services. The document provides recent data on the prevalence and costs of substance use disorders, the role that NASADAD members play in the publicly-funded SUD system, and a commitment to observe September 2020 as National Recovery Month. The proclamation can be viewed here.

NASADAD releases updated FY 2021 appropriations overview

NASADAD has released an updated appropriations overview to reflect the House Appropriation Committee’s passage of several appropriations bills for FY 2021, including the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies funding bill. The document outlines the House of Representatives’ recommended funding levels for NASADAD’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).



SAMHSA & NASADAD Annual Meeting 2020


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) Annual Meeting bring together Single State Agency Directors for alcohol and other drug services, state Prevention Coordinators, Treatment Coordinators, Women’s Services Coordinators, and other state and national stakeholders that work on substance use, misuse, and disorders.  The meeting is a forum to hear about the latest substance use trends and practices; to engage in interactive discussions on emerging issues; and share information on model programs and strategies used across the prevention, treatment, and recovery system.

Due to health and safety concerns and the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the face-to-face SAMHSA & NASADAD Annual Meeting. Instead, the Annual Meeting will be held virtually this year, July 13, 15, and 17, 2020.

There is no registration fee, however, registration is required. Registration can be completed here: Information regarding the meeting is located on the conference registration website.  Please note: registration closes July 8 at 5:00 p.m. EST.  A couple of days prior to the meeting participants will receive a link to allow entry to the meeting.

COVID-19 Resources

As the country confronts the coronavirus (COVID-19), those with substance use disorders are particularly at risk NIDA: COVID-19 potential implications for individuals with SUDs. Single State Agencies (SSAs) for alcohol and drug services are working closely with their service providers, state and federal partners, and local public and private sector partners to address the threat of the coronavirus. This webpage provides federal guidance and state actions taken by SSAs to date. It is not intended to be exhaustive but is meant to highlight key actions and resources that may help other states and territories as they prepare for and respond to the virus outbreak. The website will be updated periodically.

Find all of our available resources here.


NASADAD releases analyses of state STR/SOR profiles

In April of 2019, NASADAD sent an inquiry to the Single State Agencies for alcohol and other drug services requesting information on how they were using the State Targeted Response (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR) grants to address the opioid crisis in their States. The results of the inquiry were summarized into State-specific profiles highlighting prevention, treatment, overdose reversal, and recovery support efforts. Below are brief analyses of the most common ways States have used STR and SOR funds for prevention, treatment, overdose reversal, recovery support, and examples of innovative State initiatives.

Prevention Initiatives

Treatment Initiatives

Overdose Reversal Initiatives 

Recovery Support Initiatives

NASADAD releases updated timeline of STR and SOR funding

In 2018, NASADAD developed a timeline of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR) grant programs. The timeline outlines key dates, such as: when grants were authorized; when Congress appropriated funds; when funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) were released; funding award periods for States for each of the grant programs; and more. NASADAD has updated the timeline to reflect two recent developments:

  • In December 2019, Congress appropriated level funding of $1.5 billion for the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program, and noted that “stimulant abuse” would be an allowable use of SOR funds in FY 2020.
  • In February 2020, the Administration released its proposed budget for FY 2021 and included a request of $1.585 billion for SOR, an increase of $85 million compared to FY 2020.

Access the updated STR/SOR timeline here.