NASADAD/National Council for Mental Wellbeing Release Brief on Integrating Peer Support Services Into Substance Use-Related Crisis Care

Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE), NASADAD, in collaboration with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, developed an issue brief on Integrating Peer Support Services Into Substance Use-related Crisis Care.  A substance use disorder peer recovery specialist is a trained professional who has knowledge and experience in the recovery process and helps others in similar situations. Peers are a critical component of the crisis continuum, providing empathy and connection during a crisis event, offering support and services during crisis care and referring to treatment and recovery support service after crisis care.

This brief highlights three state initiatives that have integrated peer recovery support services (PRSS) as part of their crisis response to help individuals experiencing substance use-related crises or overdoses. These examples illustrate how PRSS can be effectively integrated using a team-based approach to care and demonstrate how the personal experience and training of peers have shown positive results in referring and connecting individuals in crisis to needed care, preventing further crises and aiding individuals on their path to wellness.

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NASADAD Releases Recovery Month Resolution

In celebration of National Recovery Month, NASADAD’s Board of Directors considered and approved a resolution in recognition of the value and importance of recovery support services for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). The resolution highlights the Association’s work around elevating recovery as a key component of the continuum and provides recent data on the prevalence of SUD and the impact of recovery services, the role that NASADAD members play in supporting recovery in the publicly funded SUD system, and a commitment to recognizing September 2023 as National Recovery Month.

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NASADAD Releases Updated Fact Sheet on SAMHSA’s Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s (PPW) Residential Program and State Pilot Program

Today, NASADAD releases an updated fact sheet regarding the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s (PPW) Residential Program and State Pilot Program. The fact sheet “tells the story” of the PPW Residential Services program that has been housed within SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) for a number of years.  In addition, the brief reviews the evolution of the PPW State pilot program – an initiative first developed by Congress with NASADAD support as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The brief includes updated information describing outcomes data related to the PPW State Pilot Program; recent grantees; and recent action related to these programs moving in Congress.

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NASADAD Recognizes September as Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is held each September to raise awareness and share the message that people do recover from substance use disorders. Recovery month has embraced the permanent theme of “Every person. Every family. Every Community.” Through this message, Recovery Month seeks to educate the public, stakeholders, and communities about addiction as a disease by sharing resources that elevate recovery practices and the effectiveness of treatment.

NASADAD’s members serve as the lead agency in each State or jurisdiction responsible for managing federal funds dedicated to addressing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery. This month, our Members wear purple to celebrate recovery and promote awareness of substance use disorder issues. NASADAD is grateful for the work all of our members do in their States and jurisdictions to support recovery every day of the year.

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Letter Supporting The Protecting Moms and Infants Reauthorization Act

On Wednesday, July 12, NASADAD wrote a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health Chairman Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA-16) in support of H.R. 4092, “The Protecting Moms and Infants Reauthorization Act.” The legislation would reauthorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center of Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT) Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s (PPW) program for an additional five years.

The PPW program consists of the PPW Residential Services Program (PPW-R) and the PPW State Pilot (PPW-PLT) program. The PPW-R directs funding to support a comprehensive, family-centered approach to residential substance use disorder treatment and recovery services to pregnant and post-partum women, their minor children, and other family members. The PPW State Pilot (PPW-PLT) works to increase the accessibility and availability of comprehensive, family centered services for pregnant women in non-residential settings.

The bill is sponsored by Representatives Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA-3) and Young Kim (R-CA-40).

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State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA) Role Explained

As the nation continues to experience record high tragic deaths from opioid overdose, access to high quality treatment using medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) is critical. The State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA) plays a key role in providing oversight and support to the opioid treatment programs (OTPs) that use methadone and other Food and Drug Administration-approved medications and provide counseling and other services to individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). NASADAD worked with SOTAs across the nation to develop a document that summarizes the core and common duties and responsibilities of their role, with input from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the NASADAD Board of Directors. The document below provides a summary of this document.


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NASADAD/APHSA Release Publications on Improving Collaboration Between the Child Welfare and Alcohol and Other Drug Systems

Research has shown that if left untreated, parental substance use disorders (SUD) can have a negative impact on the entire family. According to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) study published in 2017,  approximately 1 in 8 children in the United States lived with a parent who had a past year SUD. While many children who are exposed to parental substance misuse will not experience maltreatment, they are at higher risk of maltreatment and child welfare involvement and are twice as likely to develop an SUD themselves. Intentional planning and coordination between state alcohol and other drug (AOD) and child welfare agencies are essential to prevent the negative consequences that SUD can have on families and prevent children from entering the foster care system.

To strengthen the collaboration and relationship between these agencies, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) launched a workgroup of state child welfare and AOD leaders. Through a series of meetings conducted throughout 2022, agency leadership worked together to understand the barriers and opportunities to align systems and improve services for shared populations. Those conversations initiated the development of foundational resources for both agencies that outlined shared outcome measures and examples of existing collaborations between the two systems. Guided by the workgroup, APHSA and NASADAD worked together to create two resources for AOD and child welfare agencies, as well as other organizations that work with child welfare-involved families impacted by substance use:


Shared Outcomes for Child Welfare and Substance Use Disorder Systems– This document aims to provide child welfare and AOD systems with guidance to start and deepen conversations by enabling state agencies to jointly assess the services offered to child welfare-involved families impacted by substance use.




Collaborative Programs Between Child Welfare and Substance Use Disorder Systems – This document provides state agencies with existing models of collaboration between child welfare and AOD agencies along with court systems.





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President’s FY 2024 Budget: Overview of NASADAD’S Priority Programs

On March 9, the Biden-Harris Administration released their proposed budget for fiscal year 2024 (October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024). NASADAD has developed a chart that outlines the proposed funding levels for NASADAD’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).


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