Advocacy

ASAM serves its members in many ways. One of the most important ways is by helping to play an active role in shaping government policies that affect their livelihoods and the livelihoods of their patients.

ASAM advocates for policies that promote access to high-quality treatment and recovery support services for the 22 million Americans who suffer from a substance use disorder. The information here will help you stay up to date on emerging issues, enable you to take action and become an advocate for your patients and your practice, and learn about how ASAM is working with government, insurers and other national organizations to promote policies that advance addiction medicine.

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Opioid misuse and overdose are a public health crisis in the United States.  The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and others have come together as the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose to advance meaningful legislative and regulatory policies this year in response to the opioid epidemic.

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2016 NPF Training

Audio, text, slides, photos and selected 5-minute videos segments from the 2016 NPF/ ASAM Training held in April 2016 preceding the 47th ASAM Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD.

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Advocacy Events

Sign up to participate in advocacy events and learn about the latest happenings on Capitol Hill.

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Advocacy Issues

Find the latest information on issues of importance to the field of addiction medicine.

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Advocacy News

News and information about ASAM Advocacy.

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Find a Policy Statement

Learn about ASAM's position on current policy issues.

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Advocacy Toolkits

Access resources that will equip you to advocate effectively for policies that promote addiction treatment and prevention.


Who We Are

Staff

Susan Awad
Director, Advocacy and Government Relations
sawad@ASAM.org | .301.547.4103

Jackie LeGrand
Manager, Payer Relations
jlegrand@ASAM.org | 301.547.4106

Brad Bachman
Advocacy, Policy and Payer Relations Coordinator
bbachman@ASAM.org | 301.547.4107

Committee Chairs

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP
Chair, Legislative Advocacy Committee

Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH
Scott Teitelbaum, MD, DFASAM

Chair and Vice Chair, Public Policy Committee

H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, DFASAM

Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA

Chair and Vice Chair, Payer Relations Committee

  • Posted: 07/19/2016

    The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act - Highlights for Members

    On July 13, the U.S. Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This landmark legislation is a robust response to the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that authorizes new programs and reauthorizes and improves existing ones to support a full continuum of care from primary prevention to recovery support. There are specific provisions that will be of interest to ASAM members and this summary highlights the details of those provisions. Read More

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