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.

ASAM Joins Mental Health Liaison Group in Support of the Moms Matter Act

August 31, 2021

 

On August 23rd, ASAM joined with a coalition of 45 partner organizations to send a letter to the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of the Moms Matter Act (H.R. 909). The Moms Matter Act is a bipartisan bill that would increase federal funding for culturally congruent, community-based mental and behavior health programs. Additionally, the Moms Matter Act would empower the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand and diversify the maternal mental health care workforce.

In the letter, the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) cited a range of statistics about the current state of maternal mental health, underscoring the need for congressional action. Specifically, the MHLG letter highlighted that 1 in every 5 mothers experience maternal mental health conditions. Among this group, mothers of color are less likely to seek treatment services for maternal mental health conditions. Mothers of color are also less likely to continue treatment or refill prescriptions for mental health conditions. These disturbing trends exacerbate the disproportionate mental health burden that mothers of color face. To address these issues, the MHLG outlined how the Moms Matter Act would advance increased equity in maternal mental health. The Moms Matter Act would fortify existing systems while expanding the reach of maternal mental health services in underserved communities. The proposed legislation would also champion a culturally congruent framework, tailoring maternal mental services to unique needs of different communities.

 

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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