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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Support Addiction Treatment and Recovery: Contact Your Legislators Today

October 30, 2014 | Addictions | Comments
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Legislation before Congress would make important investments in our nation’s addiction system, providing support for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts in every state. The bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 2839) authorizes up to $70 million per year over the next 10 years for activities related to overdose prevention, treatment alternatives to incarceration, medication assisted treatment, and much more. See the National Council’s fact sheet on this bill for a full rundown of its grant programs, demonstrations and state incentives.

S. 2839 was introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) with the support of Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Now, we need to recruit additional cosponsors to show Congress the strong support behind this important bill!

Please take two minutes today to send your Senators a message asking them to join as cosponsors. We’ve drafted a short message for you to use – but feel free to personalize it with additional details about the impact this funding could have in your state.

The National Council thanks the 500+ advocates who have already sent more than 1,000 messages to their Senators. Add your voice to theirs – take action today!

A bipartisan House companion bill is expected to be introduced shortly after Congress returns from the midterm elections. Mark your calendars for November 12, and stay tuned for an additional action alert from the National Council to build support for addiction treatment and recovery in the House.