UPDATE: H.R. 5102/S. 2524, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018 has been included in the bipartisan opioid package that Congress passed in early October! Read more on this success here.
The NBCC needs your support to increase the substance use disorder workforce. Congress is in the process of developing opioid legislation and H.R. 5102/S. 2524, The Substance Use Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018, is under consideration. H.R. 5102/S. 2524 provides student loan repayment to counselors and other behavioral health professionals. H.R. 5102 passed the House on June 12 and now we must work to gain support for the legislation in the Senate
This legislation is of critical importance because it will increase the addiction workforce. The timing could not be more urgent, as the nation faces the opioid crisis. Providing loan repayments to addiction counselors will strengthen the workforce and increase the number of professionals available to meet the growing demand.
Contact your Senator TODAY and tell them to include S. 2524 in the opioid package and strengthen the behavioral health workforce. You can use the tools below to call, email, and message your legislators. Feel free to personalize the message by describing your training in addiction and substance use disorder treatment.
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