The Issue

The need to strengthen support for effective substance use prevention strategies and services is more critical than ever.  Our nation must strengthen the existing substance use prevention infrastructure. We also must ensure that substance use prevention strategies and services are fully included in broader chronic disease prevention initiatives as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

Current Initiatives

Federal
  • Advocating to preserve safety net funding, including SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.
National
  • Co-chairing and coordinating the Coalition for Whole Health to ensure the Affordable Care Act is well implemented for people with mental health and substance use disorder service needs.
  • Working with the Conrad Hilton Foundation to examine coverage and access to screening and brief intervention services for youth.
New York City and State
  • Advocating to increase state funding for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Policy Recommendations

  • Proven prevention strategies expanded: Proven substance use prevention strategies and services should be brought to scale and incorporated into broader chronic disease prevention initiatives.
  • Regular screenings: Substance use screenings for adults and youth should be regularly conducted in a variety of settings.  Brief interventions and referrals to treatment should be made when appropriate.
  • Strong safety net prevention funding: Ensure the safety net, including SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, remains strong for people and services that remain uncovered by the ACA.

Learn More

To learn more about this issue, visit our Substance Use Resources.

To learn more about LAC’s impact, see our Accomplishments.

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