MAADAC

                     MA Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

    PO Box 61071                              Longmeadow MA 01116

      November 11, 2003

iMAADAC Holiday Breakfast, December 5th ! Don’t Miss it!

National, State, License, Budget, Alcohol Tax ! Dialogue  with Key Policymakers!

Opportunity to Win a NAADAC/MAADAC membership, Scholarship for Cape Cod Symposium!

 

iSupport H1308 and S890 An Act Authorizing Certain Licensed Alcohol and Drug

Counselors To Receive Certain Insurance Payments. Senator Therese Murray and Rep. Martin Walsh are lead sponsors.  Rep. Walsh is scheduled to come to the MAADAC Holiday Breakfast.

 

iSupport S2095 An Act Relative to Substance Addiction Treatment. It moved from the

Taxation  Committee to Senate Ways and Means Committee.  Senator Marian Walsh is lead sponsor and invited to come to The MAADAC Holiday Breakfast.

 

iMA  State Budget Planning Process for 2005 has begun. Make Your Voice Count!

So $17 million cut to Substance Abuse Services since 2001, 6 detox centers closed, heroin use doubling – can you afford to be silent.   The first step is to send a letter expressing your concerns and suggestions to Secretary Ronald Preston, Executive Office of Health and Human Services,  One Ashburton Place, Boston  MA 02108. This is the umbrella agency for all human services, such as MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

 

iJohn Avery, NAADAC Government Relations Director Moves on to American Academy of

Addiction Psychiatrists.  Congratulations to John and We will Miss You!

 

iSupport The National Parity Act for Substance Abuse Treatment – 

H2256/S1138 “Help Expand Access to Recovery and Treatment (HEART) Act of 2003”, introduced by Representative Jim Ramstad (R-MN) and Sen. Norman Coleman (R-MN). The proposed law would prohibit health insurers from erecting discriminatory barriers to chemical dependency treatment, such as co-payments, deductibles or limited treatment stays that are different from other medical and surgical services. You can ask Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Your Congressman to support this bill easily!

Go to http://www.grassmax.com/naadac/InsertAlert.aspon the internet and presto!

 

iThe MAADAC Golf Fundraiser was a fun time this past summer. Before winter comes,

MAADAC  thanks our annual coordinator Shaun Kelly and assistant Linda Mullis! Special thanks

to our sponsors, Adcare Hospital, Gosnold on the Cape, Labor Assistance Professionals of MA,
MBSACC, MOAR, Recovery Home Collaborative, The Dublin Group, UMass Boston-Alcohol & 

Chemical Dependency Treatment Services Program, Westfield State College-Addiction Counselor  Education Program. Winners were Shaun Kelly, Mike O’Leary, Lloyd Pickett, Carl Palsic with 7 under, longest drive: Dave Johnson, closest to pin: Artie Proulx & Leon Ouellette. 

 

MAADAC Boston meets with MOAR Monday, December 1, 6:30 PM, Faulkner Hospital Auditorium.

We are planning a regional public policy action summit for January 5th… Please come!

Questions call Linda Mazak at 617-236-1788 or email: lindamazak@hotmail.com.

  Happy Holidays to All!