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Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Health Care Reform

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law historic health care reform legislation that will extend insurance to currently uninsured and under-insured Americans. The legislation supports previous legislation requiring that substance use disorders and mental illness benefits are on par with those for medical illnesses. These new policies will dramatically change how substance use disorders treatment is funded and the types of services that are reimbursed. The substance use disorders treatment and recovery workforce will need additional skills to navigate this much broader health, substance use disorders, and mental health care system. The primary purpose of the fall 2010 CATES training series is to provide an opportunity for substance use disorders treatment and recovery practitioners to learn about health care reform under the Obama Administration. If you were unable to attend the training, you can find the full set of slides here. Thank you to the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center and CATES for allowing us to share this information.