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One of the greatest barriers to the successful treatment of individuals with addiction is the current healthcare financing system for much of addiction treatment, which offers little support for the coordination of behavioral, social, and psychological services that patients often need in addition to medication. This segregation and lack of coordination has made it difficult for many individuals to receive comprehensive care and access the most effective and appropriate treatments.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, fewer than one in ten Americans with a substance use disorder received treatment. We must overhaul our addiction treatment infrastructure so that it facilitates the successful treatment of individuals with substance use disorder through coordinated, rather than siloed delivery of care.


Learn how ASAM is leading the national movement to increase access to and improve the quality of evidence-based addiction treatment.

Featured Public Policy Statements

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Patient Review and Restriction (PRR) Programs

Learn ASAM's position on Patient Review and Restriction (PRR) or pharmacy "lock-in" programs.

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Inclusion of Addiction Specialist Physicians in Managed Behavioral Health Care Organization In-Network Provider Panels

Managed behavioral health care organizations should accept non-psychiatrist physicians who are addiction treatment specialists on their provider panels.

"The current physician reimbursement structure does not account for all the services that patients with an opioid use disorder need to progress to successful treatment and recovery."

-Dr. Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, ABEM, ABAM, FASAM
Member of ASAM's Payer Relations Committee



Section 1115 Waivers

Learn how states are using Section 1115 Waivers to waive federal requirements that cannot be waived by a State Plan Amendment.
Billing & Coding

Billing & Coding

Access information on the language of reimbursement for addiction treatment services.


See what ASAM is doing to increase insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

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    ASAM Praises Funding for Critical SUD Workforce Programs in FY 2020 House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

    ASAM praised the House Appropriations Committee for including full funding for two new critical substance use disorder (SUD) workforce programs in its FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
  • May 8, 2019

    ASAM Applauds Introduction of Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 2019

    ASAM commended Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Elijah Cummings, and all original co-sponsors for introducing the CARE Act of 2019. Modeled on successful, bipartisan legislation passed in 1990 to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the CARE Act would authorize $100 billion in federal funding over the next decade to states, local governments, and other organizations and institutions to support substance use disorder treatment programs, improve training for addiction treatment professionals in communities across the US, and expand access to treatments that meet national standards and are proven to save lives. 
  • May 8, 2019

    146 Members of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and Other Organizations Issue Letter of Support for the CARE Act of 2019

    ASAM joined 145 members of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and other organizations in sending a letter voicing support for the CARE Act of 2019. This legislation 2019 would provide $100 billion in federal funding over the next ten years to support federal research and programs to prevent drug use while expanding access to prevention, harm reduction, addiction treatment, mental health services, and recovery support services.