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Supporting CARA – Recovery Advocacy and Action

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Supporting CARA – Recovery Advocacy and Action

We had the pleasure of working with a group of recovery advocacy organizations during this year’s “Recovery Advocacy Action Week”, consisting of 5 days of calls to action for the larger recovery community. Day 3 of #RAAW16 was all about supporting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 – full-scale and comprehensive legislation that seeks to provide funding for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services in the United States. The bill has passed through the senate, and is currently in the House of Representatives albeit with a slightly different tone – the companion legislation has removed most of the recovery support provisions that the Senate had passed. Advocates are currently petitioning their representatives to not only support the original format of the bill, but to continue supporting solutions that will address the substance use disorder public health crisis we are having in this country. In partnership with the #RAAW16 partners, we put together a video of recovery advocates telling their representatives why they should support CARA – enjoy!

 

 

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Robert Ashford, BSW is a man in long-term recovery who advocates for recovery, behavioral health policy, criminal justice reform, and many other social justice issues. He holds a BSW from the University of North Texas, and is currently at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice to complete an MSW program. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Renew Magazine, Addiction Unscripted, and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. He is also the founder of the multi-author advocacy platform, Rights for Recovery.

robert@rightsforrecovery.org

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