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 A Voice for Addiction Medicine

Leading the movement to transform America's addiction treatment infrastructure and expand access to research-validated, results-based care



ASAM Policy Principles

ASAM believes in a future in which addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery are accessible to all, and where they profoundly improve the health of all people.  The following principles guide our advocacy and shape ASAM's advocacy priorities:
  • Addiction policy should be guided by - and promote the use of - the latest science and best practices in addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery.  People with addiction deserve compassionate, evidence-based care that addresses the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
  • Strategic and multifaceted policy solutions are needed to drive the development of a more accessible, effective, robust, and comprehensive addiction prevention and treatment infrastructure.
  • Policies and payment systems should ensure equitable access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Policy should challenge, rather than enforce, cultural misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination about the disease of addiction.
  • Addiction policy and advocacy should respect and integrate the perspectives of people with addiction and their families.

Federal Advocacy Priorities

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TEACH addiction medicine by expanding and strengthening our workforce and dispelling stigma
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STANDARDIZE the delivery of individualized addiction treatment so that more patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care
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COVER addiction medicine in a way that expands patient access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction care

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ASAM's Vice President Testifies in Support of Funding for Key Addiction Treatment Workforce Programs

by | Mar 23, 2020


On March 23, Dr. Yngvild Olsen, the vice president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, submitted testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies regarding the Fiscal Year 2021 LHHS Appropriations Act.


In her testimony, Dr. Olsen urged the subcommittee to appropriate $25 million for the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce, as well as $30 million for the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration Program, both of which are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Finally, Dr. Olsen requested that the subcommittee apply a provision similar to Section 2604(g) of the Ryan White CARE Act, known as the “Requirement of Status as Medicaid Provider,” to the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant program in the Fiscal Year 2021 LHHS Appropriations Act. Such a requirement for certain SOR Grant recipients to enroll in Medicaid would ensure they meet minimum standards for Medicaid healthcare providers and should help prevent those providers who cannot meet Medicaid standards from receiving federal funding for Medicaid-covered SUD-related services. 


Read the testimony here.