Public Policy

At Faces & Voices of Recovery, we educate about the issues of discrimination and prejudice against people in need of treatment and people in recovery, which are barriers that require a clear, concise and coordinated advocacy approach. We offer educational webinars and messaging training and tools that offer advanced guidance on the federal legislative process and how to work with legislators and staff to advance policy priorities, with an emphasis on the differences between authorization and appropriations.

We have extensive experience working on criminal justice and substance abuse policy issues at the federal level and have worked hard to ensure the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 was passed.  Our efforts have launched effective public awareness campaigns across the nation which have helped to significantly challenge the negative public perceptions of people living with substance use and mental health disorders.

 


ADDICTION TREATMENT AND RECOVERY CAUCUS

  • Democrat Co-Chair: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  • Republican Co-Chair: Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI)
  • Democratic Vice Co-Chair: Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • Republican Vice Co-Chair: Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH)

The Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus educates and raises awareness among lawmakers about addiction prevention and treatment and substance abuse.  Opioid deaths have surpassed 30,000 for the first time in history, while nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year. Substance abuse costs our nation $600 billion in health care, criminal justice, and lost productivity costs, but that is nothing compared to the toll it takes on our families and friends.  Preventing the further spread of this epidemic is essential to our nation’s complete recovery.  The Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus aims to stop these devastating trends by bringing awareness to this cause and changing the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness.

Official Membership List of the Bipartisan Congressional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus: HERE.