2018 ADVOCACY AGENDA
YPR has worked diligently with our trusted partners to identify four primary pieces of legislation that our entire network is advocating for in 2018.
- CARA 2.0: The Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) [S.524] was passed in 2016 and contained sweeping components to address the substance use crisis in the United States. An overhaul and revision of this bill is required to ensure equitable funding distribution and that money intended to address the crisis actually makes it to the communities impacted.
- Jobs + Recovery Act [S.2642]: Awards grants to provide job training/placement, outpatient detox and peer recovery support services at community-based job training sites.
- A “Recovery Support Set Aside” [H.R. 5408]: Mandates more federal funding for recovery support services in legislation addressing the crisis
- The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA or Parity Law): This bill promised equity in the insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorder care, but years later mental health parity is still not a reality and too many Americans continue to be denied care when they need it the most. To fulfill the promise of the Parity law, we must hold the health system accountable to comply with the letter and spirit of the law.
In May of 2018, YPR converged on Washington, D.C. to train each other on topics such as community organizing and advocating directly with legislators. We met with our representatives and key staff in both houses of Congress to advocate to make their communities recovery-ready by asking them to support the legislation mentioned above.
At this time, all three of the bills YPR advocated for were rolled into a larger opioid response package. Two different versions of that package have been passed in both Houses of Congress. The next step will be to reconcile the two different versions into a final bill in what’s known as a Conference Committee, then one more vote in each house prior to making it to the president’s desk for signature into law. YPR is actively engaged with the Conference Committee in hopes to ensure several key provisions vital to making our communities #recoveryready!
You can read YPR’s letter to Congressional Leadership asking they include our key provisions here.
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