For over 40 years, the NCAAR Public Policy Unit has dedicated itself to the development and passage of legislation that makes long-term recovery from behavioral health concerns possible. We work closely with elected officials on the state and national level to advance public policies that improve access to quality prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives. These policies stand in stark contrast to the 50-year War on Drugs that led to mass incarceration, racial and socioeconomic inequities, and a system of punitive measures rather than the healing of individuals, families, and communities. NCAAR’s policy focus centers on the holistic health of the person, supportive community efforts to promote wellness, and creating a recovery-oriented environment to improve outcomes and cost effectiveness.
The Public Policy Unit collaborates with our Advocacy Leadership Program and other organizations to fulfill NCAAR’s mission of advocacy with and on behalf of those impacted by addiction.
NCAAR publishes a monthly Newsletter that identifies legislation of interest, Position Papers, Candidate Surveys, and priority bills. Sign up to receive the NCAAR Newsletter and other news and events.