110 organizations send letter to Congress in support of the 21st Century Cures Act

November 30, 2016 | Addiction Policy Forum
Today, 110 national organizations that work on addiction issues sent a letter to Congressional leadership in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, and its provisions on substance use disorders, mental health, and criminal justice reform.

7 WAYS THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IMPROVES OUR RESPONSE TO ADDICTION
  • Authorizes $1 billion dollars for states in grants to address addiction through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, prescription drug monitoring programs, opioid treatment programs, and other key components;
  • Creates federal drug courts, which will help better serve the 6.8 million people involved in the federal criminal justice system;
  • Encourages integration of care for substance use disorders with primary care for patients with mental and/or substance use disorders by making it a condition for state-level grant dollars;
  • Creates a new program for alternatives to incarceration for individuals with substance use disorders;
  • Reauthorizes the STOP Act (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking) to continue to address underage drinking and adds new prevention, screening, and intervention provisions;
  • Increases training for prevention, treatment and recovery support workforces; and,
  • Authorizes $12.5 million to strengthen community crisis response systems for substance use and mental disorders.

 Read the letter here.

Topics: CARA, Advocacy

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