Our Mission

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

  1. 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; 
  2. 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;  
  3. 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;  
  4. 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,  
  5. 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.