Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of attire is requested?

    • We request that attendees come dressed in business attire, as they will be meeting Members of Congress and with congressional staff.
       

  • Is the 144aDay hearing first come, first serve?

    • No, but we do request that all attendees RSVP here.
       

  • Who will set up our Capitol Hill meetings?

    • The Addiction Policy Forum is in the process of setting up meetings with your Members of Congress and their staff. If you have already contacted your Member of Congress’ office to schedule an appointment, please let us know at families@addictionpolicy.org.
       

  • Can I bring a photo of a loved one lost to addiction?

    • Of course – visual aides remind Members of Congress why resources to address addiction are desperately needed.
       

  • Will all of the Capitol Hill meetings take place in the same place?

    • No, meeting location will vary by congressional office. We will email and print out an agenda for you prior to the Capitol Hill meetings with location, time, and a map of Capitol Hill.
       

  • Can I walk between/to meetings?

    • Yes, but it is important to know beforehand that Capitol Hill buildings are widely spread apart and can include considerable walking.
       

  • What is the “ask” for our meetings with Members of Congress?

    • The primary “ask” will be for Congress to fully fund (or “appropriate funding”) all addiction programs, including CARA and the 21st Century CURES Act. We will go over this during our advocacy training, and provide you will a sheet of talking points and a one-page leave-behind for each office visit. 
       

  • What is CARA?

    • CARA, also known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is a piece of legislation signed into law last July. CARA is the first piece of legislation that recognizes addiction as a treatable disease, and resources needed for a comprehensive response to addiction. A comprehensive response includes: prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform.
       

  • What do we do for meals?

    • Snacks and/or appetizers will be provided at events such as CARA Family Day registration, CARA Family Day kick-off, and the CARA Reception.
       

  • Who is providing trainings?

    • Training will be provided by partners of the Addiction Policy Forum at the CARA Family Day kick-off event.

 

Recommended materials to read prior to CARA Family Day: