Pass the Family Support Services for Addiction Act

The coronavirus pandemic is fueling the fire of our national addiction epidemic. The combination of social distancing, increased financial stress, loss of work, lack of structured time and uncertainty about the future -- coupled with disruption to traditional and local care services -- is creating a perfect storm for existing mental health and addiction struggles.

All of this means significant pain and suffering for families who are struggling to help loved ones with substance use disorders. These families need support. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act has already passed the House of Representatives. We need your help urging the Senate to pass this bill this year.

We know that when families are involved and empowered, the outcomes for their loved ones are better. Now is the time to inspire more families to demand necessary support and resources and chip away at the stigma that has kept so many from accessing quality treatment.

The Family Support Services for Addiction Act is an important step to involve, engage and support families that are struggling. Fill out the form below to send a letter to your Senators urging them to cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act and pass it before they recess for the year.

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Support Family Support Services for Addiction Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor S. 3179, the Family Support Services for Addiction Act, to provide critical resources to those struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones.

This legislation fills a significant gap in federal addiction resources by providing family programs with support and funding for their critical services.

These services are needed more than ever in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic when we see the combination of social distancing, increased financial stress, loss of work and uncertainty about the future -- coupled with disruption to traditional and local care services -- creating a perfect storm for the onset or worsening of mental health and addiction symptoms.

Family support services include family training and education, family therapy, systems navigation to help families locate or access resources, crisis and/or loss and grief support. The evidence is strong, that when family members are involved in their loved one's care and recovery, outcomes are better.

As a concerned constituent, I urge you to take further action on our national addiction crisis by cosponsoring the Family Support Services for Addiction Act and ensuring that it passes before the Senate recesses for the year.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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