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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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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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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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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On Monday, March 20, NASADAD responded to a stakeholder request for information from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on potential legislative solutions to alleviate the health care workforce shortage.
NASADAD’s response underscored the importance of working with the State alcohol and drug agency to ensure a coordinated approach across all levels of government. Additionally, our recommendations to strengthen federal workforce initiatives included:
- Amend current statute to make clear that States may allocate Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services (SUPTRS) Block Grant funds to support certain substance use disorder workforce initiatives;
- Establish a discretionary grant in SAMHSA/CSAP to bolster the substance use disorder prevention workforce;
- Reinstate SAMHSA/CSAT’s Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI);
- The importance of a report to be developed by the SAMHSA/CSAP on the state of substance use disorder prevention workforce; and
- Continue to support the SAMHSA/CSAP Fellowship program.
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