The Issue

To ensure there is adequate capacity to meet the demand for the full continuum of SUD prevention, treatment and recovery support services, there must be a significant, renewed federal and state investment in the SUD service infrastructure.

Current Initiatives

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.
New York City and State
  • Advocating to increase state funding for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Policy Recommendations

  • A well-prepared workforce: Federal and state governments should increase their commitment to the SUD service delivery infrastructure by significantly increasing investment in educational and training opportunities for the workforce and in initiatives to attract and maintain a diverse and culturally competent workforce that is best prepared for changes to the health care system.  Specifically, Congress and the administration should renew their commitment to the SUD service infrastructure by significantly increasing funding for:
    • Educational and training opportunities for addiction workforce professionals;
    • Career development within the addiction field;
    • A diverse and culturally competent workforce;
    • Preparation of addiction service providers for the new health care environment.
  • Fair distribution of health information funds: As the use of health information technology is expanded to further integrate care in our healthcare system, SUD and MH treatment providers must be eligible to receive grants for health information technology adoption, implementation, and training. Funding must be sufficient to enable SUD and MH providers to install adequate health information technology.

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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