Behavioral healthcare and policy experts discussed initiatives opioid settlement dollars will support at the 2023 Tennessee State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. Tennessee will receive a share of national settlement funds after CVS, Walgreens, and two drug manufacturers agreed to settle in lawsuits that claim the companies contributed to the US opioid crisis. … Read more

Inadequate living situations, unaddressed trauma, and lack of access to healthcare services are all factors that contribute to substance use disorders in Washington, according to experts who spoke at the 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference.      Brad Finegood, strategic advisor at Seattle & King County Public Health Department, said 46% of … Read more

Several Oregon substance abuse treatment initiatives will receive a financial boost as the state received its first installment of funds from a historic opioid settlement.     Oregon will receive a total of more than $270 million over 18 payments as the state’s settlement share of nationwide lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and … Read more

The Commit to Change WA coalition recently filed a proposal for an initiative that would decriminalize drugs in Washington State.     Initiative Measure No. 1922 would decriminalize the possession of all illicit drugs in the state. Law enforcement officers would retain the authority to confiscate illicit drugs, and selling or delivering them would remain … Read more

On Jan. 11, the California Assembly Health Committee had their first meeting of the 2022 session and discussed a number of bills, many of which moved out of the health committee and into Appropriations.     Below are some highlights from the committee’s discussion on some of this legislation.  Assembly Bill (AB) 933 was first … Read more

Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R – Escondido) has been representing Assembly District 75 since 2012. She is a member of the Assembly Health Committee and has served on numerous select committees such as biotechnology, health care access in rural communities, infectious diseases, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In this Q&A, Waldron discusses mental health care access, … Read more

Last week, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced their receival of $32.7 million in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The press release by AHCCCS notes that the services funded will specifically target underinsured, uninsured, or non-Medicaid … Read more

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced $48 million in grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Approved by SAMHSA in June, the funding will support more than 15 initiatives to create and expand mental health and substance … Read more