As federal lawmakers consider Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS appropriations bills this Spring, we need them to prioritize funding for the following two new programs that would help address our nation’s substance use disorder (SUD) treatment workforce shortage:
(1) the Loan Repayment Program for the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Workforce, authorized in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act; and
(2) the Mental and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration Program, authorized in the 21st Century CURES Act.
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Funding these programs would allow more students and healthcare professionals to pursue and afford education and training in the prevention and treatment of addiction and would significantly increase the number of qualified experts available to help the more than 20 million Americans in need of treatment for SUD.
Members of Congress can publicly demonstrate their commitment to funding these programs by signing “Dear Colleague” letters of support before noon on March 25. It is essential that Members of Congress hear from the addiction treatment community about the importance of funding both of these programs.