NAATP Provides a Unified Voice
NAATP and its members set the national standard for addiction treatment care and operation through united law and public policy advocacy. As treatment professionals, we advance our work on both a day to day patient treatment level and a broader systemic policy level. These are the concurrent approaches necessary to evolve our work and reach the largest number of people with the best treatment possible.
From the passage and implementation of parity – through the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) – and national addiction insurance coverage – through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the addiction treatment field is undergoing dramatic change. For organizations to become serious participants in the political process at the federal level, it’s vital that they have the ability to speak through a powerful unified voice. NAATP is that voice. NAATP Staff, including our Director of Public Policy in Washington DC, work daily to ensure that NAATP members’ interests are served.
The purpose of this Public Policy Statement is to describe the positions of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) relative to issues of law, policy, funding, and regulation that impact the delivery of addiction treatment.
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State Advocacy Toolkit
NAATP has developed the State Advocacy Toolkit to support our members in the implementation of effective state legislative advocacy initiatives and the development of state hill days.
NAATP Alliance for State Advocacy (ASA)
The Alliance for Sate Advocacy (ASA) provides training, resources, and a network to develop a consistent voice on public policy that enhances the access to and quality of addiction treatment services. Involvement in this forum is a member benefit.
The NAATP Political Action Committee (NAATP PAC) works to achieve policy improvement by directly influencing the policymakers.
NAATP Delivers Provider Priorities to President Biden
NAATP has provided the Biden Administration with a host of recommendations designed to improve access to care and delivery of care. In a letter to the President, NAATP CEO, Marvin Ventrell, made 21 specific recommendations on behalf of the treatment provider community. Among the items listed were public policy changes that will improve access to care, including numerous ways to implement enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) and support for the President’s plan to achieve health equity for people of color and underserved populations.
Treatment Guidelines to Congress
As Congress continues its bipartisan efforts to address the nation's addiction crisis, in 2019 NAATP delivered to all members of Congress its Addiction Treatment Provider Quality Assurance Guidebook: A Guide to the Core Competencies for the Delivery of Addiction Treatment Services (The Guidebook). NAATP encourages Congress to be informed by the Guidelines as it pursues legislation and regulation for all treatment providers.