The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would assist families impacted by addiction.
The Family Support Services for Addiction Act would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide family support services. These services include caregiver peer support, support groups for those in crisis, and those who have lost loved ones, education and training, counseling services, skill-building, and helping families access treatment and other resources.
Families that participate in an evidence-based model that teaches families skills needed for productive and effective conversations and interactions with their child have a higher treatment retention rate.
The Department of Health and Human Services would administer the grant.
U.S. Reps. Dan Meuser (R-PA) and David Trone (D-MD) introduced the bill. It moves to the Senate for consideration.
“Families often shoulder the burden of making insurance claims, identifying treatment options, and exploring how they can best help their loved ones recover,” Trone said. “It’s about time that we recognize the crucial role they play in the recovery journey.”
The bill has the support of numerous organizations, including the Partnership to End Addiction, the Addiction Policy Forum, and Faces & Voices of Recovery.