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An urgent call to mental health caregivers to help treat climate concerns

August 9, 2018  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

Psychiatrists, and other mental health disciplines, have an ethical principle to address social issues which adversely affect public health and mental health. 

Recovery support now has a place in Missouri state budget

July 17, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
article

Operators of recovery support services in Missouri for the first time have pushed successfully for a line item in the state's budget.

Experts debate 42 CFR Part 2’s role in today’s world

July 16, 2018  |  Alicia Hoisington
article

Although changes to 42 CFR Part 2 took place in recent months, the rule has always been top of mind for treatment centers. And now that legislation passed in June to align privacy for substance-use-disorder patients with HIPAA, the rule continues to make...

Policy advocate assisting states with comprehensive responses

July 10, 2018  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
article

The Addiction Policy Forum's Blueprints project is seeking to drive policy change at the state and local level.

Celebrating a decade of the Parity Act

July 9, 2018  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

October will mark the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The road to its implementation has been rocky, but ultimately worthwhile.

The least you need to know about the federal takedown

June 29, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

On Thursday, federal agencies announced their largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action with 601 defendants charged for alleged fraud totaling an estimated $2 billion. Here’s the least you need to know.

Giant House bill includes sober home policy

June 22, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

A comprehensive opioid bill passed in the House on Friday. It would direct some of the $4 billion that Congress previously approved as part of a long-term spending deal.

House IMD bill specifies payment for opioid and cocaine patients only

June 21, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The House passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow Medicaid to pay for treatment in inpatient facilities with more than 16 beds. However, it still imposes significant limitations.

Federal legislation would establish sober home best practices

June 21, 2018  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

A bill passed by the U.S. House and currently under consideration in the Senate would be the most significant effort to regulate sober living facilities at the federal level in recent memory.

Federal law and state sober living regulations intersect

June 19, 2018  |  Lillie Werner Singh, Esq.
Perspectives

There have been many news stories and other reports that suggest federal laws prohibit state and local governments from regulating sober living facilities. That is not entirely true.

Advocacy group launches online directory

June 5, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Addiction Policy Forum (APF) has launched its new Addiction Resource Center, which includes a directory of treatment providers listed by county.

Raids cause larger concern for MAT prescribers

May 31, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Some industry observers believe certain federal actions in the past few months have simply gone too far. In recent cases, agents executed search warrants on MAT providers with no clear rationale.

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