Advocacy Toolkits

State Advocacy Toolkit

AMA Model Bill: Ensuring Access to Medication Assisted Treatment Act

How to Contact your State Legislators

Sample Letter to Governor

Sample Local Op-Ed

State Legislative Tracker (provided by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials)                

State Naloxone and Good Samaritan Legislation (provided by the Office of National Drug Policy) 

Access to Addiction Medications Toolkit

See the Advancing Access to Addiction Medications Education and Outreach Toolkit

ASAM Letters and Comments

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Regarding Legislative Proposals to Combat our Nation's Drug Abuse Crisis. October 20, 2015.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Regarding Medicaid and CHIP MCO Regulations. July 27, 2015

House Appropriations Committee Members, Regarding Section 747 of the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. July 7, 2015

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Regarding Proposed Rule Applying MHPAEA to Medicaid, CHIP, and ABPs. June 9, 2015.

Senators Markey and Paul, Regarding the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT) Act. June 9, 2015

FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee, Regarding approaches to communicating information about fetal effects in product labeling for methadone or buprenorphine maintenance therapy for opioid addiction. June 8, 2015.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Regarding mandatory prescriber education. May 20, 2015.

Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), Regarding the National Pain Strategy. May 20, 2015.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Regarding the Secretary's opioid response plan. May 8, 2015.

Senators McConnell and Casey, Regarding the Protecting Our Infants Act. April 17, 2015

Letter to Maine Department of HHS from ASAM, NESAM, APA, MAPP, AAAP and AOAAM regarding Governer LePage's Proposal to Eliminate Medicaid Funding of Opioid Treatment Programs. February 20, 2015..

Letter to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners proposing amendments both to rules governing the use of telemedicine in the state of Louisiana and rules governing unprofessional conduct of physicians. November 19, 2014.

Letter to Michael Botticelli Congratulating his Nomination to Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  September 4, 2014

Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives, Regarding HB 4236/SB 2142. July 10, 2014.

Senator Markey, Regarding Expanded Opportunity for Substance Abuse Treatment Act. June 19, 2014.

Useful Websites

THOMAS, Legislative information from the Library of Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
ONDCP, Office of National Drug Control Policy
NIDA, National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIAAA, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Legal Action Center
Faces and Voices of Recovery
Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, Provides research-based information on effective alcohol treatment.