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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 Urges HHS to Provide Additional Relief Funding for Mental Health and Addiction Health Care Providers

by | Jun 18, 2020


On June 18, ASAM joined 27 other organizations, including the National Council for Behavioral Health, in sending a letter to Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan of Health and Human Services. In the letter, the organizations request additional funding from the Health Care Provider Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The letter urges HHS to allow behavioral health providers to submit complete financial information to receive at least 2% of their 2018 net patient revenue and also requests that HHS establish dialogue with stakeholders to determine if additional federal financial support for the behavioral health community is possible.


The letter emphasizes that without additional funding, Medicaid behavioral health providers will suffer financial crisis resulting from COVID-19. Furthermore, the public health emergency has triggered a significant increase in behavioral health challenges, which includes increases in cases of clinical depression, drug overdoses, and suicide rates. Therefore, it is critical that HHS support behavioral health providers by allocating additional funding to ensure that providers will be able to meet the emerging behavioral health needs of the country.


Read the letter here.