After a significant effort, we can celebrate today the passage of The SUPPORT for Patients and Community Act on October 3rd by a vote of 98 to 1 by the United States Senate. The final version of this legislation will be sent to the President for signature and enactment. What is special about this legislation is that it will be providing programs and funding for those who are struggling with opioid addiction including a number of trauma provisions.
The trauma provisions are the result of “extensive engagement” of the offices of Senators Heitkamp (D-ND) and Durbin (D-IL) staff with Shelley Capito (R-WV), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The opioid legislation represents a rare bipartisan, multiple committee achievement.
These provisions are also a result of many organizations and individuals that comprise the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practices that have been working diligently to shape this part of the legislation. Diane Wagenhals, Program Director for Lakeside has been a member of this group which has had a major impact in this legislation.
For a more detailed description of this exciting new legislation please use this link to the Aces Connection article by Elizabeth Prewitt. Here is the link:
It is my hope that as this legislation is implemented that we will see new opportunities for hope and healing for those who have struggled with trauma that has led to opioid addiction.
It is rare these days that we have witnessed such strong and bipartisan legislative support for one of the most significant social problems that we have faced in our history. I applaud the efforts of all of those who have been involved in bring this new legislation into existence. It is truly our government working together towards positive impact in the lives of thousands of individuals who need a great deal of help and support.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO