On February 10, 2020, the Administration released “A Budget for America’s Future,” its budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2021 (October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021). NASADAD developed an overview 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 2021 proposal to the final FY 2020 funding levels and provides language from the Administration’s Congressional Justifications.
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NASADAD is pleased to announce the release of an Overview of and Recommendations Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). The overview:
- Offers background on e-cigarettes and reviews the scope of the problem, especially among youth;
- Outlines federal actions over the past several years, including recent steps to raise the minimum age of legal tobacco product access to 21;
- Describes the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) role in regulating the sale of tobacco products;
- Describes the State alcohol & drug agencies’ role in tobacco control, with a particular focus on Synar; and
- Offers NASADAD’s position and recommendations related to ENDS.
On December 19, 2019, Congress passed a final FY 2020 appropriations deal. This document outlines the final funding levels for NASADAD’s priority programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), including language from the Administration’s Congressional Justifications, as well as the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ bill reports and final appropriations bill reports.
NASADAD has released an updated appropriations overview to outline the the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) bill, a $70.833 billion funding bill that is $6.7 billion above the FY 2019 enacted level. The bill funds the Department of Justice (DOJ) at $32.446 billion and provides $378 million for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) programs, including $90 million for the Second Chance Act grants which offer substance use treatment, employment assistance, and other rehabilitation services. This appropriations update also summarizes proposed FY 2020 funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
NASADAD has released State-specific profiles that describe highlights of each State alcohol and drug agency’s efforts to address the opioid crisis with use of the State Targeted Response (STR) and State Opioid Response (SOR) grants, which are managed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The State-specific profiles provide background on the STR/SOR grants, outline each State’s efforts across the continuum of care, and describe the initial positive outcomes each State has experienced with support from STR and SOR grant funds.
A new Issue Brief from NASADAD discusses how geographic information system (GIS) and other data visualization technologies enhance the way that state substance use agencies plan, implement, monitor, and communicate about their prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. GIS is a powerful analytical tool that is increasingly being used in new and innovative ways by state substance use agencies.
GIS technology has been used in many fields for decades, but its adoption in the substance use field is relatively new. This Issue Brief provides case studies of two states – Washington and Pennsylvania – that have made GIS an integral part of their substance use agency’s operations.
The Issue Brief, The Benefits of Using GIS Technology in State Substance Use Agencies, describes the benefits and impacts GIS and data visualization tools have had on shared challenges: how to improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services; where to deploy limited resources; and how to effectively communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders – community partners, state and local policymakers, healthcare providers, the media, and the general public – about pressing substance use problems. The Issue Brief is meant to inspire states’ adoption of these technologies in their own substance use agencies. It describes how GIS has enabled Washington and Pennsylvania to strengthen program management and service delivery through mapping of state and community data, better-informed decision making, and greater efficiencies in service planning.
Read or download the Issue Brief here.
NASADAD has released an updated timeline of funding for 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.
Here are some highlights from the timeline:
- The timeline begins with passage of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, which created a $1 billion account in the Treasury to be used for grants to States to address the opioid crisis. This culminated in the STR grant program, for which the State alcohol and drug agencies were the eligible applicants.
- In FY 2018, Congress allocated an additional $1 billion to States to address opioid addiction and overdose through the SOR grants. The State alcohol and drug agencies were listed as the eligible applicants for SOR.
- The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018 reauthorized STR through FY 2021. However, Congress did not allocate funds to STR in FY 2019.
- Congress appropriated $1.5 billion for SOR in FY 2019.
The updated the timeline includes these recent developments:
- On March 11, 2019, the Administration released its proposed budget for FY 2020, and included a request of $1.5 billion for the SOR program.
- On March 20, 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced an additional $487 million to supplement first-year SOR funding.
- The next installment of $1 billion is expected to later this fiscal year.
NASADAD has released an updated fact sheet on the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant. The updated version includes a new analysis of the lost purchasing power of the SAPT Block Grant over the past decade; the latest outcomes data from the 2018 Block Grant Report; recent data on primary substance of use and demographics of individuals at time of admission; an overview of the set-asides within the Block Grant; the important role of the State alcohol and drug agencies; and more.
Here are some highlights:
- The SAPT Block Grant is currently funded at $1.858 billion (FY 2019).
- Over the past decade, SAPT Block Grant funding has not kept up with health care inflation, resulting in a 24% decrease in the real value of funding since FY 2009.
- At discharge from Block Grant-funded programs, 76% of clients demonstrate abstinence from alcohol use, and 57% are abstinent from illicit drug use. Additionally, of clients discharged from treatment, 89% have stable housing, and 93% have had no arrests.
- On average, SAPT Block Grant funds make up 68% of primary prevention funding in States and Territories. In 20 States, the prevention set-aside represents 75% or more of the State agency’s substance use prevention budget.
- Pregnant women must be given priority in treatment admissions, and those that are referred to the State for treatment must be placed within a program or have interim arrangements (e.g., education on communicable diseases, counseling on effects of substance use on the fetus, referral to prenatal care, etc.) made within 48 hours.
- Over one-third (34.1%) of individuals admitted to treatment in the publicly-funded system cited heroin or prescription opioids as their primary substance of use in 2016.