The Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Interest Group fosters attorney and public participation in innovative programs in health care, alternative medicine, education, family dynamics, business and in the criminal justice system to address these conditions.  It promotes practices that support prevention, education, treatment, recovery and management of substance use disorders and mental health conditions, including the removal of legal barriers to successful addiction and mental health recovery; and access to and delivery of health care services at the state and federal levels. The Interest Group examines the effects of substance use disorders and mental health conditions on society, the practice of law, and the nature of the American justice system.

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    Advisory Board

42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA: Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Compliance with the Law
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Moderator
Ashley Thomas, JD, Baker Donelson, Washington, DC

Speakers
*Mitchell Berger, JD, MPH, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
*Peyton Isaac, JD, Program Analyst, HHS Office for Civil Rights
*Jennifer Lohse, JD, CHC, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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What are Medical-Legal Partnerships and How Can I Get Involved?
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
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42 CFR Part 2: Improvements and New Challenges with the Use and Disclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Historic, First-Ever Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Twitter chat (Oct 18 2017) The Addiction Crisis: Health Care Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic  Here are some visuals from the chat.

Warning Signs—Plan or Policy Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations (NQTLs) that Require Additional Analysis to Determine Mental Health Parity Compliance,  US Dept. of Labor, 2016.

Know Your Rights: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits,
online and printable brochure that provides examples of common limits that are placed on mental health and substance use disorder benefits and services that are now subject to parity, educates consumers about  how to find information about their health plan benefits and coverage, as well as their right to appeal a claim if denied, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2016.

Model Statute on Involuntary Commitment for Substance Use Disorders, a model law on involuntary commitment.

Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates

Guidance for Advocates: Identifying Parity Violations & Taking Action

“Forcing the conversation on mental health”

The National Conference on State Legislatures’  State Laws Mandating or Regulating Mental Health Benefits site includes information on state laws offering Full Parity, Minimum Mandated Benefit and Mandated Benefit for mental health and substance use disorders.

Lawyers and Substance Abuse Prevention, a publication of the ABA, AMA and federal Office of National Drug Control Policy

Lawyers And Teen Substance Abuse, a publication of the ABA and federal Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Interest Group

The mission of the Health Law Section IG on Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health is to:

  • Implement  an ABA communications strategy that actively develops and fosters attorney and public participation in innovative programs to address substance use disorders and mental health conditions, including programs in health care, alternative medicine, education, family dynamics, business, as well as in the justice system;
  • Encourage, support and initiate discussion and examination by the Health Law Section and the ABA of creative methods that address substance use disorders and mental health conditions; including in the context of health care reform and parity for substance use disorders and mental health and both access to and delivery of health care services on both federal and state levels;
  • Examine the effects of substance use disorders and mental health conditions on society, the practice of law, and the nature of the American system of justice;
  • Make appropriate recommendations to the House of Delegates to develop and promote practices that support prevention, education, treatment, recovery  and management of substance use disorders and mental health conditions, including the removal of legal barriers to successful addiction and mental health recovery; and
  • Encourage other ABA Sections, Commissions, Forums, Divisions and Committees and state and local bar associations to actively foster lawyer participation in their professions and communities in programs that address substance use disorders and mental health conditions.