Each year ASAP holds its advocacy days at the New York State Capitol. Along with ASAP members and substance abuse treatment providers, friends, families, and community members come together to advocate for legislation related to improving the infrastructure of the substance use disorder (SUD) field.
People at risk or suffering from SUDs need access to quality care and supports to become and remain well. The SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery service infrastructure must be strong. However, the addiction service field has nowhere near the infrastructure and capacity to help the many New Yorkers who are currently under-served. The addiction service field faces a serious shortage of workers, an aging workforce, and non-competitive salaries. Without a renewed investment in the SUD service infrastructure, there will not be adequate capacity for children, youth, and adults with substance use disorder services to receive the life-saving prevention, treatment and recovery care and supports they need.
We encourage you to come to Albany this year on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and show your support for the hardworking men and women who provide essential substance use disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery services across New York State.
If you are interested in attending ASAP’s 2020 Advocacy Day or would like more information, please contact our Public Policy Coordinator Kyle Plaske at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have a booth set up where attendees may pick up informational packets.
Find Your Representatives
We would like to encourage you to contact your local legislators and assembly person on these dates. If you are not sure who your representatives are click the following links.
ASAP’s Budget/Policy Paper for the 2020 New York State Legislative Session
This year our goal is to address the prevention, treatment, and recovery workforce crisis. ASAP’s budgetary recommendations address the workforce crisis, strengthen support services through a peer workforce initiative, and propose that a portion of the funds allocated to the Health Care Facility Transformation Program be designated for community-based organizations. Click the link below for a copy of ASAP’s Budget Priorities for 2020.
ASAP 2020 Budget Priorities