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Tools and Resources for Policymakers

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Ending the Opioid Crisis: A Practical Guide for State Policymakers

This guide shows state policymakers how to implement a public health approach to end the opioid epidemic. By offering concrete strategies, this concise resource provides the tools needed to prevent, reduce, treat and manage opioid misuse, addiction and the associated consequences. The guide’s recommendations draw from our research, as well as that of other organizations committed to eradicating addiction. We also include examples of data-informed, treatment-focused initiatives on the state and local levels that can serve as models for others struggling to contain this epidemic.

Actions the Federal Government Should Take to Have a Significant Impact on the Opioid Epidemic

This guide was created for federal policymakers to help facilitate the process of taking tangible and effective steps to address the opioid epidemic. This set of research-based and health-focused recommendations presents concrete actions the federal government can and should take to have a measurable impact on the crisis. It includes specific recommendations to make significant and meaningful progress in ending the opioid crisis, including preventing opioid misuse and addiction; reducing overdose deaths and other harmful consequences of opioids; improving opioid addiction treatment; and providing opioid addiction care in the criminal justice system. 

Guidance for Modifying ACA Plan Documents to Comply with SUD Benefits Requirements

This tool was created for states and health insurers and provides guidance for complying with the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits requirement and covering the critical benefits for treatment and management of substance use disorders (SUD). This tool summarizes best practices recommendations for benefit administration and provides examples of satisfactory SUD benefit language. 

Guide for Policymakers in Addressing Addiction and Risky Substance Use

This guide helps policymakers understand the effects of addiction and risky substance use and know how to respond. It offers information and recommendations of unprecedented breadth and depth for improving how policymakers working in all levels of government and in the health care, education, justice and social services systems can prevent and reduce addiction and risky substance use in the U.S.

State Guide to MHPAEA Requirements  

The guide is designed for state regulators of commercial health plans that have to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). It features recommendations for which critical addiction treatment benefits should be offered, examples of how limitations placed on coverage of addiction benefits can undermine addiction care and why they should not be used, and a summary of the MHPAEA final rule.

Key Facts for States

A summary of key facts on addiction and substance use and their impact on state budgets.

Recommended State Actions

A summary of steps states can take to improve health outcomes and reduce the costs of addiction and substance use.

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16% (40 million) of the U.S. population ages 12 and older meet clinical criteria for a tobacco, alcohol or drug problem.

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