On Wednesday, October 24th
President Trump signed a new bill to help address the current opioid
What is the bill?
The Support for Patients and Communities Act is aimed at resolving the
ongoing opioid crisis. The bill focuses on promoting recovery and
increasing access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorders.
What are the main takeaways from the bill and why is it important?
This bill is important for a variety of reasons, including it:
Expansion of access to Medication-Assisted Treatment
This bill will allow more people with opioid use disorders to have access to treatment, including
Medication-Assisted Treatment, which is extremely important. At Gateway
Foundation, we know the only way to prevent overdoses and deaths from
substance use is through treatment, and MAT is an important aspect of our
treatment plans. We offer MAT at all of our locations and are strong
advocates for the practice of addiction medicine.
Increase in funding for
Another major component of this bill is the increase in funding for
research, which will be vital in developing best practices for the
treatment and prevention of opioid use disorders.
Expansion of access to
treatment for patients with Medicaid
This bill also allows for more
individuals with opioid use disorders that have Medicaid to seek
treatment. This is an instrumental step towards ensuring that everyone
has access to treatment.
of addiction as a disease
In addition, the bill reiterates that addiction is a disease. This is
important for reducing the stigma around addiction and the notion
that addiction is a moral failing. This is an important step in helping
more people seek treatment.
“Less than 15
percent of people who need treatment actually get it. The important piece
for me is that we’re steering away from language that prevents people
from coming forward.” - Aurora Executive Director Jim Scarpace
ABOUT GATEWAY FOUNDATION Since 1968 our goal has been
straightforward: help clients get their life back on track and achieve a
life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness. A
life that is productive, socially responsible, and healthy. Gateway
Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the U.S.
specializing in substance use disorders for men, women, adolescents and
clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders. Gateway's
professional clinicians support over 6000 people a day to successfully
complete treatment by developing a personalized plan to treat the
underlying causes of substance use disorder —not just their addiction to
drugs or alcohol.
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