NAATP Advocates Make Case for Better Treatment Policies

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, Advocacy, La Hacienda

NAATP Hill Day Advocates 2019

Photo: 120 NAATP members from 27 states gather for a photo before participating in the association’s first Hill Day. (Photo courtesy NAATP) Addiction treatment professionals and volunteers in Texas have been meeting for years with state lawmakers to advocate for better policies regarding care of substance use disorder (SUD) patients. Sherri Layton, La Hacienda’s Outpatient Services Administrator, helped organize that … Read More

Advocating in Washington for Addiction Treatment

John SniffenAdvocacy, La Hacienda

Layton and Hutts with TAAP group meeting with US Senator John Cornyn

Photo: David Hutts, far left, and Sherri Layton, fifth from left and next to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, recently met with the senator and his staff. Two La Hacienda staffers were a part of a Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) group that met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in Washington, D.C. Outpatient Services Administrator Sherri Layton and Business Development … Read More

Advocates Visit State Capitol to Support Legislation

John SniffenAdvocacy

advocates for prevention, treatment and recovery pose on the steps of the Texas Capitol

Caption: Advocates pose on the Capitol’s west steps before visiting with legislators. AUSTIN – From the outside, Texas’ pink granite Capitol Building may be the architectural embodiment of stillness and peace, but during the state’s biennial legislative sessions it’s a beehive of activity inside. One hundred and sixty-five supporters of Substance Use Disorder-related issues entered that energetic environment on March … Read More

Equal Coverage for Treatment is Law, But Enforcement Lags

John SniffenAdvocacy, La Hacienda

Image from the Parity at 10 Campaign

Image from the Parity at 10 Campaign. Insurance coverage for treatment of substance use disorders and mental health issues is supposed to be equal to what is provided for medical and surgical services. That was the purpose of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed by Congress 10 years ago this fall. In theory it sounds simple. … Read More

ABCs of Advocacy 2018 Registration Open

John SniffenAdvocacy, La Hacienda

ABCs of Advocacy 2018 will be held in Austin on November 5.

In advance of the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature, an ABCs of Advocacy training will be held in Austin on Monday, November 5. The session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. in the Legislative Conference Center of the state capitol building, 1100 Congress Avenue. The event is designed to increase advocacy skills to help expand access … Read More