On Wednesday, January 21 at 2:30 PM, experts from the substance use disorder treatment and recovery fields convened for a panel discussion: “Treating Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery, and the Affordable Care Act.” The event explored how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing the way substance use disorders are treated in America.
In total, through the ACA, 32.1 million Americans will gain access to coverage that includes mental health and/or substance use disorder benefits that comply with federal parity requirements and an additional 30.4 million Americans who currently have some mental health and substance abuse benefits will benefit from the federal parity protections.
The hour-long forum, hosted by The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), featured individuals who have benefited from the ACA and a panel of providers/support organizations discussing how the ACA is expanding treatment and solutions they have found to treatment coverage challenges, including Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic (PHMA).
Deborah Simpson Taylor, R.N., C.D., Sr. Vice President and Regional Director attended on behalf of PHMA, “It was an inspiring experience to hear from leaders in the field who have spent so many years on behalf of our clients seeking recovery. To have finally reached the point where we are discussing these issues at this level is a wonderful achievement.”
Recovery and treatment stakeholders were also invited to attend. During the forum, a panel of experts and citizens spoke on how to access treatment and recovery support services for themselves or family members. This included a discussion of the gaps and opportunities at the state or federal levels that need to be filled to help individuals, providers, and communities understand, enroll, and access the services afforded by the ACA.
Since 1962, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic has served more than 30,000 individuals struggling with substance abuse. Every day, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in programs in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Call us today at: 1 888 671 9392 to learn more.