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Stephanie Pellitt

, National Council for Behavioral Health

House Passes First Wave of Opioid Bills

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This week, the House of Representatives kicked off a two-week focus on legislation to address the nation’s opioid crisis. The House passed dozens of measures this week and is slated to vote on more opioid legislation next week with the hopes of advancing a comprehensive package to the Senate. Bills that advanced this week included efforts to expand: telemedicine prescribing for medication-assisted treatment, student loan forgiveness for addiction treatment professionals, the use of electronic health records by behavioral health providers and recovery housing best practices.

All of the bills advanced with bipartisan support, and included many National Council priorities, such as:

The National Council applauds the continued advocacy of its members, many of whom played a key role in the introduction and advancement of these bills. For more detail on opioid bills that passed the House this week, see the following House Energy and Commerce Committee press release.


House leaders will hold votes on a second round of opioid legislation next week. More controversial measures are expected to be included in next week’s roundup, including efforts to loosen the IMD rule for residential addiction treatment and 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulation governing the privacy of addiction treatment records. A full list of bills to be considered next week will be posted here as they become available.