American Society of Addiciton Medicine

State Advocacy


State Advocacy

ASAM is proud to partner with its 39 independent State Chapters to advance access to high-quality, evidence-based addiction care.

2022 State Advocacy Summit

On a diverse set of issues ranging from mental health and addiction parity to pharmacy regulation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) State Chapters are instrumental in shaping addiction policy conversations in state capitols across the country.  ASAM National staff tracks addiction-related state legislation and regulations; helps keep State Chapters informed of state policy developments, and provides them with consultation and technical assistance on state-level issues important to them. In addition, ASAM National staff closely works with many other national organizations on mental health and addiction issues and can connect ASAM State Chapters with those national organizations and their state branches.

State Advocacy

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ASAM tracks legislation relating to its chapters’ legislative priorities in all 50 states.

Chapter Leadership

ASAM's state chapters are led by experts in the field of addiction medicine. Each chapter elects its own leaders.

State Advocacy Resources

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State Advocacy Summit


Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 


    Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

    Join ASAM state chapter members and leaders across the country on October 14th from 12-3 pm ET for this special members-only advocacy event. This 2nd Annual ASAM State Advocacy Summit is an opportunity for ASAM members to engage on some of the most important issues at the state level. The Summit will review the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, a new toolkit for ASAM state chapter leaders, and a review of the 2022 legislative session, among other topics. Don’t miss this special opportunity to connect with chapter leaders about some of the most important issues impacting addiction specialist physicians.


    Friday, October 14, 2022 (all ET time)
    12:00 pm

    Welcome, Opening Remarks

    Anthony P. Albanese, MD, DFASAM

    Chair, ASAM Chapters Council

    California Society of Addiction Medicine


    AMAN 2022: | Mid-term Election 2022: State of the Race and the Possible Impacts on Addiction Medicine
    This session will provide an overview of the 2022 midterm election landscape, outline the addiction policy issues at stake, and detail the policy impacts of election outcomes on addiction medicine.

    Corey Barton, MPH

    Associate Director, Advocacy and Government Relations

    American Society of Addiction Medicine

    2:35 pm


    2022 Key Developments & Emerging Issues: A Moderated Panel

    Moderated by:

    Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, FAPA, DFASAM


    American Society of Addiction Medicine



    Hendree Jones, PhD

    Executive Director

    UNC Horizons


    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    Malik Burnett, MD, MBA, MPH

    Medical Director, Center for Harm Reduction Services

    Maryland Department of Health



    Brian Clear, MD, FASAM

    Chief Medical Officer

    Bicycle Health

     As drug overdoses continue to rise, state governments are responding with varying approaches. In 2022, several states enacted key hard reduction measures to combat surging overdose deaths. Meanwhile, some state legislatures are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion with new bills that criminalize substance use by pregnant women, rather than facilitate access to treatment. All of this is happening in the midst of rapidly changing policies on telehealth and amid a surge of reports that patients are facing new barriers at the pharmacy counter. In this session, join us for a conversation with ASAM leaders about what happened in 2022 and what they’ll be on the lookout for in 2023.


    1:20 pm BREAK
    1:30 pm


    A Conversation with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

    Beth Connolly

    Assistant Director, Public Health


    Join ASAM for a conversation with ONDCP about President Biden’s Drug Control Strategy and information about state-level resources available to chapters.
    2:15 pm


    Looking Forward: 2023 State Legislative Sessions

    Facilitated by:

    ASAM Advocacy and Government Relations staff

    In this session, attendees will discuss the issues most impacting their states, as well as strategies and tools that ASAM state chapters can deploy during the 2023 session to help them achieve success.

    2:45 pm

    ASAM State Advocacy: A Toolkit for State Chapters

    Parker Baird

    Specialist, Advocacy and Government Relations

    American Society of Addiction Medicine

    ASAM is committed to working with our state chapters to provide the tools they need to navigate the increasingly complex legislative and regulatory landscape. Join ASAM for the unveiling of a new toolkit that outlines different resources available to ASAM state chapters.

    2:55 pm


    Closing Remarks

    Anthony P. Albanese, MD, DFASAM

    Chair, ASAM Chapters Council

    California Society of Addiction Medicine


    Registration is free for ASAM Members.

    Registration Questions?
    Phone: 1.301.656.3920



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