The SUPPORT Act of 2018 changed the federal approach to treating addiction. This bipartisan law represents a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis public health emergency (PHE) by directing federal resources toward prevention, education, coverage, treatment, and law enforcement programs.
The Bipartisan Policy Center is focusing on four major policy areas for Congress’s consideration in the reauthorized SUPPORT Act, formally known as the Substance-Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act: enhancing community-based programs; maintaining Medicaid coverage for high needs patients; updating behavioral health metrics; and improving workforce capacity.
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