This petition to be delivered to:
President Donald Trump;
U.S. House of Representatives; and
United States Senate
Major legislation has been passed regarding the opioid crisis and addiction, most recently HR-6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. While this is definitely progress, there is still much left to be done.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. It provides a "whole patient" approach to this treatment.
Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery. MAT has proven to be clinically effective and reduces the need for inpatient detoxification services significantly.
Under federal law, patients must receive counseling when getting MAT. However, this law is all but ignored in funding packages from the federal government that do not correlate funding to the delivery of counseling and behavioral therapies in conjunction with medication prescribed to the patient.
We, the undersigned, call on the Congress of the United States to require the counseling and behavioral therapies component of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) mandatory to any organization or entity receiving government funding for MAT. We further ask that evidence-based practices be required in the delivery of counseling and behavioral therapies associated with MAT.
HR-6 increased access to MAT, but legislation needs to make sure counseling and behavioral therapies is included in any funding packages.
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