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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.

ASAM Applauds Introduction of the Health Care at Home Act

by | May 11, 2020


On May 11, the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) of which ASAM is a member, sent a letter to Representatives Kim Schrier (D-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN) in support of H.R. 6644, the Health Care at Home Act, which would require group health plans and health insurers to cover telehealth services, including mental health and substance use disorder services, during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


The letter notes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, timely and safe access to health care is vitally important. Due to the infectious nature of COVID-19 delivery of health care has been necessarily shifting from in-person delivery to delivery through telehealth. Given this shift, it is critical that group health plans and insurers cover telehealth so that treatment for mental health and substance use disorder can continue during this uncertain times. The letter also praises the bill for requiring that health plans and insurers reimburse telehealth benefits covered due to COVID-19 at the same rate as in-person delivery of care.


Read the bill here.


Read the letter here.