Appropriations for Recovery
On the more “regular” advocacy agenda, we engaged in a discussion with the House Appropriations Committee to advocate for increases to SAMHSA programs that benefit recovery support services and RCOs. While these conversations normally take place in March, the appropriations process has been severely delayed by the pandemic. We have reinforced our requests this month, citing the inequitable funding for recovery support services (as compared to treatment and prevention.)
We also received welcome news from the House Appropriations Committee. While there is still quite a bit of work to do before it becomes a reality, we have cleared one hurdle on the road to more funding for RCOs. Due in large part to our advocacy, the Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) program at SAMHSA was given a $2 million increase. Just as important, the committee mentioned BCOR in their accompanying report, stating: “The Committee includes an increase of $2,000,000 for enhanced long-term recovery support principally governed by people in recovery from substance use disorders. Such support reflects the community being served and encourages the role of recovery coaches.” Only a select few government programs receive mention in the committee report, so we view this as significant progress.