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.

MISAM Supports Changes to Pharmacy Controlled Substance Rules

September 13, 2021

On September 9th, the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine (MISAM) submitted a comment letter to the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing in support of proposed changes to the pharmacy controlled substances rules of the Drug Treatment Prescriber Program. These revisions would eliminate burdensome requirements on the licensing of controlled substances and bring the state rules into closer alignment with federal standards.

In the letter, MISAM highlighted that the current rules of the Drug Treatment Prescriber Program require addiction specialist physicians (ASPs) to renew their controlled substances license every two-years. As part of the renewal process, applicants must pay a fee. This requirement needlessly builds upon the federal standard, placing disproportionate burdens on ASPs practicing in small, rural, and non-academic settings. Additionally, MISAM’s letter emphasized how waiving this requirement would increase patient access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT) by enabling ASPs in all areas of the state to build their treatment capacity.


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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