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Priority Issue in the 115th Congress

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

Treatment Communities of America (TCA) is a non-profit association comprised of community based substance abuse treatment providers throughout the United States and Canada. For the past 36 years, TCA’s mission has focused on ensuring access to a continuum of care for individuals and families suffering from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Maintain the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant to fund populations and services not covered under the Affordable Care Act.

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant program is currently the primary funding source utilized by States to provide substance abuse prevention and treatment services. With the implementation of the ACA, funding for core treatment services is anticipated to shift to the health care system.

However, even after implementation, the ACA will not provide coverage for many of the critical and supportive services necessary to ensure optimal outcomes, nor will it provide access to care for populations that will continue to be without insurance.

TCA believes that shifting the SAPT Block Grant from its core of services or eliminating the Block Grant is premature and threatens to undermine a network of treatment and supports for those who lack access to care that took decades to develop.

Only by combining funds through ACA and the SAPT will a full continuum of services and supports be available for individuals and families with SUD.

TCA recommends that the SAPT be maintained and aligned with the ACA to ensure that all populations have access to a comprehensive range of services and supports necessary to achieve recovery.

TCA supports a program request for $1,844,856,000 for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant in the FY16 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill. This is an increase of $25 million over FY15.

The demands for treatment are growing. The resources must match these needs.