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42 CFR PART 2: What changed under the Final Rules in 2017 and 2018?

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

SAMHSA released changes to 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. This webinar is designed to educate participants about the 2017 and 2018 Final Rules, and to help substance use disorder treatment programs comply with the new requirements.

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Listen to this & rage. Daughter struggles with OUD. Family loses life savings on costly, likely non-evidence based “rehab” & then loses daughter to OD. Just prior to death, daughter unable to fill Bupe Rx due to insurance barriers. THAT is the story @npr

This is why we get so enraged when prior authorization stops our patients from accessing timely treatment. Literally, people die. @adfoxMD @DrSarahWakeman @ACLakeMD @ADAWnews @lac_news

Illegal under #ADA for nursing facility to refuse patient taking #addiction medicines admission. “Well-settled in the case law that people w/ #opioid use disorder have a #disability as recognized under the ADA” @MBotticelliBMC @LeoBeletsky @DrSarahWakeman

As the US faces a devastating and escalating #addiction #epidemic, @lac_news @TRI_Solutions @CASAaddiction & @drugnews work for solutions: #opioidcrisis #OpioidEpidemic #addictiontreatment #accesstocare

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News and Highlights


When a health insurer denies or limits care for mental health and substance use disorders, is it violating the law? New tools from the Legal Action Center (LAC) help individuals seeking care and their loved ones, providers, and advocates understand their rights to coverage under federal and state parity laws, and what to do if an insurer is violating those rights.

LAC response to President’s Opioid Initiative

March 20th, 2018: Yesterday in New Hampshire, President Trump outlined his administration’s three-pronged plan for addressing the opioid epidemic. While the strategy includes certain components critical to expanding access to evidence-based addiction care, it lacks specificity on health approaches and falls well short of the comprehensive public health response needed to address a crisis that is currently claiming the lives of over 175 Americans each day. Further, the plan’s emphasis on the failed punitive policies is out of step with what we know from decades of public health and public policy data.

Over 160 Organizations Issue Joint Statement of Support for Parole Board

The undersigned join in strong support of the recent determination by the Parole Board to grant release to Mr. Herman Bell. This decision is the right outcome in this case based on the criteria used to determine parole. We must not allow politics to undermine the rule of law, nor should we discourage an agency from correctly performing its duties by allowing it to be bullied or cowed by the loudest voices and those with their own agendas.

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