Our Policy & Advocacy Initiatives

As we enter our twentieth anniversary, we trim last year’s vegetation and nourish the roots that have allowed the Recovery Movement to flower and grow – advocacy.

As the new Administration and Congressional term have begun, we look to the future. Through the building of new relationships with decision-makers and key partners, we continue to prioritize the faces and voices of those in recovery, those using substances, and their families.

In celebration, we introduce our federal policy and advocacy priorities to remain our focus through 2022. Take these priorities with you. Cultivate the diverse voices of individuals and their families affected by addiction. In your community or on Capitol Hill, carry these priorities with intention. Sow the expectation of recovery and raise your voice – we’ve got growing to do.

Federal Policy

Enact & Fund

Cara 3.0

Authorizes $765 million in dedicated resources to evidence-based programs.

Family Support Services for Addiction Act

Establishes a grant program for nonprofit family community organizations that provide support for families.

Honoring Recovery Month Act

Authorizes $1 million annually for SAMHSA to convene Recovery Month. If SAMHSA declines, they may enter into an agreement with a national organization to use those funds for Recovery Month activities.

Enact Legislation

That requires Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Set-Aside for recovery

Ensure all behavioral health federal funding dedicates 20% set-aside for recovery support service providers led by or serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

That secures TeleHealth funding and eligibility for peer recovery support services

Ensure all recovery support services receive equal-to in-person reimbursement for audio-only and video TeleHealth services indefinitely.

Advocacy

Expand community-based recovery support services

Through recovery community organizations, recovery housing, high school and collegiate recovery programs, and alternative peer groups.

Support and protect individuals’ right to treatment and recovery support services

From self-determined selection of care to nondiscriminatory practices, promote access to evidence-informed services across the first five-years of recovery.

Elevate the role of harm reduction and low-threshold barriers for recovery

From self-determined selection of care to nondiscriminatory practices, promote access to evidence-informed services across the first five-years of recovery.

Reject harmful practices for justice-involved individuals

Especially those disproportionally impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.