Dear Association Executives – Following up on part of the discussion from yesterday's weekly Association Executives meeting, one potential argument discussed that could be used with state governments to advocate for more funding for substance use treatment providers was to cite the relationship between unemployment and addiction. Two sources were provided for this information. See below.
In addition, there have been a large number of media and academic articles about the increase in alcohol sales since the start of the pandemic, such as https://news.usc.edu/168549/covid-19-alcohol-sales-abuse-stress-relapse-usc-experts/
Neal ComstockDirector, MembershipNational Council for Behavioral HealthDirect: (202) 748-8793Email: NealC@TheNationalCouncil.Org
Tom HillSenior Advisor, Practice ImprovementNational Council for Behavioral HealthDirect: (202) 629-5796Email: TomH@thenationalcouncil.org