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

State Advocacy

State Capitol

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 can track addiction-related state legislation and regulations; help keep State Chapters informed of state policy developments, and provide 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.

NWSAM Supports Expansion of Telehealth Services in North Dakota

February 11, 2021

 

On February 11, the Northwest Society of Addiction Medicine (NWSAM) sent a letter to legislators in support of SB2179, which would expand access to telehealth services in North Dakota. By expanding the definition of telehealth to include audio-only telephone if no other means of communications technology is available, and ensuring that services delivered through telehealth are covered and reimbursed as favorably as those services delivered in-person, SB2179 would dramatically boost access to addiction treatment.

 

The letter stressed the positive impact of access to telehealth for patient outcomes. Telehealth can allow for more frequent communication with a patient’s addiction care team, provide additional privacy, help address the stigma of receiving addiction treatment, give clinicians insight into patients’ personal lives, and possibly improve the therapeutic alliance. Furthermore, the cost savings associated with improved access to telehealth are also substantial, with one study finding that telehealth diverts patients from more expensive care settings.  This same study found that cost savings were sufficient to offset the additional utilization of healthcare services caused by the convenience and accessibility of telehealth to patients.

 

Read the letter here.

 

Read the bill here.

Legislative Tracking

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. 

East - Regions I, III, IV, V, X

West - Regions II, VI, VII, VIII

State Advocacy Resources

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