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UPDATE: Support for House-Senate Opioid Package Surges


200 Leading Advocates Declare Opioid Package Is “the Critical Response We Need” - Conference Report Expected to be Filed Tonight

WASHINGTON, DC – Support continues to build for a comprehensive opioid package following this morning’s meeting of House and Senate opioid conferees who gathered to consider legislative text for the conference report to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. The draft legislative text has achieved the backing of 200 of the nation’s leading advocacy groups. The Addiction Policy Forum spearheaded the effort urging support for the final package. The Conference Report is expected to be filed later this evening.

In the letter to Congress, the groups write, “The report is truly a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic, which includes critical policy changes and new resources. … Only through a comprehensive response can we reverse current trends and provide individuals and families impacted by addiction with the services they need. As you know, 129 Americans die each day as a result of drug overdose and this epidemic affects the public health and safety in every community across the country. This bill is the critical response we need.”

“There is an urgency to our work as drug overdose deaths surge in Michigan and beyond. We owe this effort to the past, present, and sadly, future victims of the opioid epidemic – our neighbors, friends, and family, across every part of the country and every demographic group. Let’s come together, and get the job done,” commented Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), who chaired today’s House-Senate meeting.

The groups in support of the work put forth by House and Senate opioid conferees:

1. A New PATH

2. Addict’s Mom

3. Addiction Haven

4. Addiction Policy Forum

5. Advocates for Recovery Colorado

6. Alano Club of Portland

7. Alaska Behavioral Health Association (ABHA)

8. Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina

9. Alkermes, Inc.

10. American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

11. American Psychological Association

12. Arizona Council of Human Service Providers

13. Arizona Council of Human Service Providers

14. Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA)

15. Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO)

16. Association of Recovery Schools

17. Bangor Area Recovery Network, Inc.

18. Beyond Addictions Capital Area Project Vox

19. Blount Memorial Foundation & Community Outreach

20. Bridge to Hope Family Support Group, Pennsylvania

21. Bryan’s HOPE

22. Caleb’s Song

23. California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

24. California/Nevada Conference United Methodist Church

25. CARA letter: Association for Behavioral Healthcare of Massachusetts

26. Caring Services, Inc.

27. Center for Recovery and Wellness Resources

28. Central City Concern

29. Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC)

30. Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition

31. Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition – OH

32. Communities for Recovery

33. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

34. Compass Point Housing – Ohio

35. Connecticut Certification Board

36. Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)

37. Council of Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS)

38. County Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris

39. Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together

40. DarJune Recovery Support Services & Café

41. DC Recovery Community Alliance

42. Detroit Recovery Project, Inc.

43. Dorchester Recovery Initiative

44. Drug Policy Alliance

45. Easy Does It, Inc.

46. El Paso Alliance

47. Engaged Recovery Community Services

48. Faces and Voices of Recovery

49. Families Advocating Substance Treatment, Education and Recovery (FASTER)

50. Families of Addicts (FOA)

51. FASTER – Families Advocating Substance Treatment, Education and Recovery

52. FAVOR Greenville

53. FAVOR Low Country

54. FAVOR Mississippi Recovery Advocacy Project

55. FAVOR Pee Dee

56. FAVOR Tri-County

57. Fellowship Foundation Recovery Community Organization

58. Fentanyl Kills

59. Fentanyl Legislation Nationwide

60. FI Community Housing, Inc.

61. Floridians for Recovery

62. Focused Energies Life Coaching

63. Foundation for Recovery

64. Free Heroin’s Hold – Minnesota

65. Friends of Recovery – New York

66. Gem County Recovery Community Center

67. Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

68. Greater Macomb Project Vox

69. Haven House – Juneau

70. Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition – IA

71. HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery

72. Hope on Haven Hill

73. I Lost My Loved One to Heroin

74. IC&RC

75. Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

76. Jackson Area Recovery Community

77. Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition, Iowa

78. Juneau Recovery Community

79. Justice and Recovery Advocates, Inc. (JRA)

80. Justice’s Fight

81. Kent County Memorial Hospital – Rhode Island

82. Kent County Memorial Hospital, Warwick, RI

83. Kim’s Place

84. Kingston Lions Club – Kingston, NH

85. Knox County Recovery Coalition – Maine

86. Knox County Recovery Coalition – Rockland, ME

87. Latah Recovery Center

88. Legal Action Center

89. Lifehouse Recovery Connection

90. Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA)

91. Lost Dreams Awaken Center, Inc.

92. Lotus Peer Recovery/SoberKerrville

93. Magnolia New Beginnings

94. Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery

95. Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid – Shore Community Foundation (MSCF)

96. Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates (MHAA)

97. Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities (M-ROCC)

98. Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)

99. Medication Assisted Support – New York State Network (MARS)

100. Message Carriers of Pennsylvania, Inc.

101. Metro Drug Coalition – Knoxville, TN

102. Mi-HOPE – Michigan Heroin & Opiate Prevention and Education

103. Michigan Recovery Voices

104. Minnesota Recovery Connection

105. Missouri Recovery Network

106. Mitchell’s Hope

107. Mitchell’s Hope

108. Monroe County Prevention & Wellness Coalition

109. Morris County NJ Opioid Task Force

110. Morris County Prevention is Key

111. Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse

112. National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR)

113. National Association For Children of Alcoholics

114. National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

115. National Association of Counties (NACo)

116. National Association of Drug Court Professionals

117. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

118. National Council for Behavioral Health

119. National Criminal Justice Association

120. National Family Dialogue – PA

121. Navigate Recovery Gwinnett

122. New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA)

123. Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA)

124. Ohio Recovery Housing (ORH)

125. Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery & Treatment Association (OCARTA)

126. OPERA – Oregon Prevention Education and Recovery Association

127. P.E.E.R Wellness Center, Inc.

128. Pandora’s Box Productions

129. Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa

130. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

131. PEER360 Recovery Alliance

132. Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together – (PRO-ACT)

133. Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A)

134. People Advocating Recovery – PAR

135. Phoenix Multisport Boston

136. PLR Athens

137. Project Recovery – Newton, NH

138. QC Harm Reduction

139. Rally to Face Addiction: March on the Massachusetts State House

140. RASE Project

141. REAL – Michigan (Recovery, Education, Advocacy & Leadership)

142. Recover Project/Western MA Training

143. Recover Wyoming

144. Recovery – Friendly Taos County

145. Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga (RAIS)

146. Recovery Allies Of West Michigan

147. Recovery Communities of North Carolina

148. Recovery Community Of Durham

149. Recovery Consultants of Atlanta

150. Recovery Idaho, Inc.

151. Recovery is Happening

152. Recovery Management CARE LLC

153. RecoveryATX

154. RecoveryNC (Governors Institute on Substance Abuse)

155. reGROUP

156. Restoration Church – Michigan

157. Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICAREs)

158. RS EDEN/Eden House

159. Serenity Foundation of Texas

160. Seven Counties Services – Kentucky

161. SMART Recovery

162. Solano Recovery Project

163. Southern Maryland Overdose Death Support

164. Springs Recovery Connection

165. Steve Rummler Hope Foundation

166. Summit County Recovery Foundation (SCRF)

167. Suncoast Harm Reduction Project – Sarasota, Florida.

168. T.O.R.C.H Inc.

169. Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services

170. Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine

171. The Addict’s Family

172. The Bridge Foundation

173. The Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP)

174. The DOOR – DeKalb Open Opportunity for Recovery

175. The McShin Foundation

176. The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers

177. The Veterans Health Council

178. The Veterans Health Council

179. The Zone – Davis Direction Foundation

180. There is No Hero in Heroin

181. Tia Hart Recovery Community Program

182. TN Overdose

183. Trilogy Recovery Community

184. United Methodist Church, California/Nevada Conference

185. Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)

186. Vermont Care Partners

187. Vermont Recovery Network

188. Victoria’s Voice Foundation

189. Virginia Association of Recovery Residences

190. Voices Of Hope – Lexington

191. Voices of Hope for Cecil County

192. Voices of Recovery San Mateo County

193. Volunteers of America Texas – SA LIGHT (VOATX-SA LIGHT)

194. WAI-IAM, Inc. and RISE Recovery Community

195. Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP)

196. Where There’s A Will Fund

197. WholeLife Recovery Community/ Arizona Recovery Coalition

198. Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)

199. Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization (WIRCO)

200. Wisconsin Voices for Recovery

Click HERE to view the letter of support online. Click HERE for more information on today’s meeting of conferees.


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