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Overdose deaths have reached record levels, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While much focus has been placed on addressing COVID-19, less attention has been paid to addressing this other major public health crisis of addiction.
In the wake of these crises, families who are struggling to help loved ones with substance use disorders need support. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act passed the House of Representatives last year. The bill has now been reintroduced in both the House and the Senate (H.R. 433/S. 485), and we need your help urging your representatives to cosponsor this bill.
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 Representative and Senators urging them to cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act.
Cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 433/S. 485, 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 as overdoses have reached record levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with 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 - having created a perfect storm for the onset or worsening of mental health and addiction symptoms. While much focus has been placed on addressing COVID-19, less attention has been paid to addressing this other major public health crisis of addiction. It is now more important than ever that we provide resources and support to individuals and their families struggling with addiction.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.