Based on our decades of research and expertise, we know know what needs to be done to effectively respond to the addiction crisis, but we can’t do it alone. While data is essential, the individuals and families who have been impacted bring the issue of addiction to life. Their stories change hearts and minds. Join the community of other advocates who are breaking down barriers and working to transform how our nation addresses addiction. Together, we can do this.

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    Help Advance Parity in Mental Health and Addiction Care

    Please help us tell the federal government how important it is to ensure equal treatment of mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care by insurance plans by submitting a comment on proposed updates to the parity enforcement rules. Your voice can help ensure these policies are finalized.

    There is a simple form to submit a template letter, as well as the opportunity to share a personal story about the barriers you have faced in accessing MH/SUD treatment.

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    Make Your Voice Heard

    We use our data and expertise to identify priorities for changing how our nation addresses addiction. When Congress introduces legislation that aligns with these priorities we will provide you an opportunity to make your voice heard.

    Please take a moment to send letters to your members of Congress on these addiction-related pieces of legislation. All it takes is entering your name, address, and email!

    Provide resources for families impacted by addiction

    A federal funding stream for family support services should be established to increase access to these often lacking and underfunded services.

    The Supporting Families Through Addiction Act will provide critical funding needed to expand the availability of support services for families impacted by addiction.
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    Support an early and broad approach to substance use prevention

    An early and broad approach to prevention promotes healthy youth development and resilience, supports youth mental health, addresses social determinants of health that are risk factors for substance use, and starts in early childhood when the seeds of risk and resilience are planted.

    Expand access to quality addiction care

    Policies should reduce federal legal and regulatory barriers to medications for opioid use disorder, integrate addiction treatment into the mainstream health care system, and improve access to treatment in the criminal legal system.

    The Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act would reform methadone rules to help reduce stigma and increase access to the critical treatment.
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    The Moms Matter Act would invest in services to support pregnant and postpartum individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.
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    Make treatment affordable

    In order for treatment to be affordable for patients, there must be improved compliance with and enforcement of federal parity requirements and strengthened requirements for health plans to cover substance use disorder benefits.

    The Better Mental Health Care for Americans Act would expand parity protections and access to mental health and addiction services.
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    Families are still fighting to receive the mental health and substance use insurance benefits they are due. Tell Congress to strengthen enforcement of the Parity Act.
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    Prevent overdoses and save lives

    Harm reduction is an essential component of a comprehensive public health approach to the addiction crisis. Policies should promote strategies shown to improve the health, safety, and well-being of those who use substances and reduce barriers to tools such as naloxone, syringe services, and test strips.

    Test strips that can detect the presence of fentanyl, xylazine, and other adulterants in drugs are a critical harm reduction tool but are considered illegal drug paraphernalia in many states. The Ensuring Nationwide Access to Test Strips Act would ensure that test strips for all substances are permitted in all states.
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    Ensure opioid litigation funds are spent on effective abatement strategies

    States and localities have an incredible opportunity with the influx of funding coming from opioid litigation to fund effective, sustainable responses to the addiction crisis.

    Reduce racial disparities in addiction policies

    BIPOC communities have been disproportionality harmed by the criminalization of substance use and have inequitable access to quality prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services. Policies must work to reduce these disparities and ensure care is available for all.

    The sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine has helped fuel mass incarceration and has disproportionately harmed people of color. The EQUAL Act would eliminate this disparity.
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    Reduce stigma and raise public awareness about addiction and emerging threats

    The long-standing framing of addiction as a moral issue has contributed to a high level of stigma against substance use, addiction, and addiction treatment. Stigma contributes to ineffective policies and harms individuals and families impacted by substance use. Education to increase awareness about addiction and emerging threats such as synthetic opioids is needed to reduce stigma and harm.

    Bruce’s Law would bolster fentanyl prevention and education efforts to help reduce fentanyl-related overdoses.
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    What does it mean to be an advocate? Our toolkit provides step-by-step instructions, including tips for building relationships and effectively communicating with lawmakers. We are building a movement to transform how our nation addresses addiction, and we need your voice!

    In case you missed it, view our Introduction to Advocacy webinar.

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    Your story can spark change

    Nearly half of all Americans have a family member or close friend with addiction. This issue affects so many more people than most realize.

    We know the science and the statistics, but what motivates change are stories of real people. Your stories. We’ll help you find your voice.

    Learn more about the potential power of storytelling from current family advocates.
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    With our guidance, your story can help transform how our nation addresses addiction.
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