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The Road Ahead: Bridging the Policy Gap between Mental Healt

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Transcript of The Road Ahead: Bridging the Policy Gap between Mental Healt

The Road Ahead: Bridging the Policy Gap between Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Sara M. Howe, CEO
Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association
October 9, 2014

Drivers of Change - and Opportunities!
Financing Changes:
Affordable Care Act
Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act
Public Perception:
Increased attention to Mental Health & Addiction
Changes in public attitudes
Criminal justice/correctional system attention
Policy & Advocacy
Why Collaborate on Policy & Advocacy?

Most policymakers expect to hear from the field speaking in one singular voice.
Our job is to help policymakers understand the similarities and differences of our respective fields, and provide them with policy solutions that remove barriers to services.
Common Goals

Improving health service delivery & accessibility
Decreasing stigma
Improving service delivery quality
Prevention and early intervention
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