2018 Advocacy Efforts

What is Public Health Focused Addiction Policy? 

  • It is policy that focuses on treating addiction instead of incarcerating
  • Looks at the whole picture instead of individual symptoms
  • Reduces stigma thereby increasing the likelihood of people seeking treatment
  • Protects the safety of people by seeing them as patients in need of assistance 

There are many bills that Addiction Haven and Sonoran Prevention Works are following in support of and you can find them by clicking here:  Bills for 2018

They include a Ban on Patient Brokering SB1451 /HB2496, Sober Living Home Regulations SB1465/HB2529, Syringe Access HB2389 and appropriations for Az 2-1-1 (HB2136 and SB1221) There are also two bills we are working against: Mandatory Prison Sentences HB2241 ; Three strikes Clause HB2635; and Anti-Good Samaritan Bill SB1016

If you would like to be a part of the advocacy process please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/DQmpICzEXgdsSFxD2

If you would like to sign up for the Request to Speak System however you are unable to make it to the Capitol, please fill out this form and we will sign you up! This system is the number 1 way to have your voice heard and you can use it even if you are not eligible to be a registered voter! https://goo.gl/forms/komJcZGhQrVYUJHv1

Instructions for Request to Speak (for bills not on an agenda): 
Go to www.azleg.gov 
Click Legislative Information and then Request to Speak 
Click My Bill Positions
Enter Bill Number
Enter approval/disapproval and click add

Instructions for Request to Speak (for bills on an agenda with opportunity to comment): 
Go to www.azleg.gov 
Click Legislative Information and then Request to Speak
Click "Add New Request"
Select (Chamber bill is in) and (Committee) 
Click "Add Request" next to bill number
Select "Against" and if you are not going to be at the meeting select "No" to speak and then add your comments and submit!

Our 3rd Annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on January 11, 2018 was a great success!! We had 67 people sign up to meet with their representatives and almost 20 more who showed up to support! There were 35 confirmed meetings with individual legislators and for lunch we had 62% of Senators and 33% of House members join us which was amazing as the House was in session starting at 11:30am! We had enough food for 240 people and ran out by 12:30pm (except for Salad which we donated back to American Rehab Campus for their clients)!! All in all it was VERY successful and it took me a few days to process 🙂

Thank you so much to all who joined us!

Unethical Treatment Practices

It is widely known that unethical practices have infiltrated our treatment industry; patient brokering, fraudulently purchasing insurance, deceptive marketing practices, etc. With very little oversight and even less regulations, the addiction treatment industry has proven it is not capable of policing itself. It is time for us to act and with one voice in order to bring legislation that would put an end to these practices and give voice to those who are not able to speak for themselves. Addiction Haven has penned a letter to Governor Ducey and other members of our government with an ask to come to the table and bring adequate protections into our industry.

If you support raising the bar in the addiction treatment industry, please sign your name and/or organization to this letter. 

For Organizations sign here: https://goo.gl/forms/Qx03nn6JCVvANNX32

For Individuals sign here: https://goo.gl/forms/ISqX5YEb9ZpJIknU2