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

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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.

NYSAM Supports Legislation to Expand Access to Addiction Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings

June 22, 2021

 

On June 22, the New York Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM) sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to sign SB1795, which would expand access to addiction treatment in criminal justice settings. The bill includes various provisions to expand access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT), discharge and reentry planning and support, counseling, peer support, and withdrawal management. 

 

NYSAM’s letter highlighted existing initiatives in New York which have expanded treatment to individuals who are incarcerated, such as the as the Key Extended Entry Program (KEEP), which has successfully offered medications for addiction treatment in New York City jails for decades. The letter also emphasized the efficacy of MAT, noting that it is well-studied, safe, and effective. Furthermore, offering MAT can create more orderly correctional facilities, as these medications can reduce painful withdrawal symptoms and ongoing craving for substances, which minimizes demand for contraband substances within the facilities.

 

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

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