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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.

RISAM Supports Legislation to Permanently Implement Telehealth Flexibilities in Rhode Island

by | Jun 09, 2020


On June 9, the Rhode Island Society of Addiction Medicine (RISAM) sent a letter in support of SB2525A, which would permanently implement many telehealth flexibilities implemented due to the COVID-19 health emergency. Specifically, the bill would change originating site requirements, expand the definition of telehealth to include audio-only telephone conversations, and place requirements on insurers to ensure patients can access affordable telehealth treatment.


The letter stresses the importance of expanding access to telehealth due to the negative effects of COVID-19 on those suffering from addiction. There is already evidence that social distancing measures, coupled with the stress of COVID-19, are contributing to an increase in overdoses and deaths across the country. Telehealth is a safe, effective, and efficient way of engaging with patients. Furthermore, a treatment model that incorporates telehealth can allow for more frequent communication with a patient’s care team, provide additional privacy, address the stigma of receiving treatment, give clinicians insight into patients’ personal lives, and possibly improve the therapeutic alliance.


Read the letter here.


Read the bill here.