The Family Support Services for Addiction Act has been reintroduced in this Congress and has new bill numbers in the House and Senate. We need to reiterate our support for this legislation.
Why this legislation is needed
- Because of the addiction crisis, more and more groups are working to provide these services, but most receive little to no government support.
- This legislation fills a gaping hole in addiction resources at the federal level.
- This grant program will invest in the roles of caregivers and families in addressing substance use disorder and addiction, empowering them with training, education and peer-to-peer support.
We urge you to send a letter to your members of Congress to have them cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act, H.R. 433/S. 485. While the bill passed the House of Representatives last year, we need to start from scratch this legislative session. Please urge your representatives to cosponsor and pass the bill.
We’ve seen how the stigma associated with addiction has forced families into the shadows while those facing other diseases are granted compassion and support. This legislation can help us correct that.
Denise Mariano, Associate Director, Family Support and Advocacy