CAADPE-Sponsored SUD Workforce Bill is Introduced in the Legislature

AB 1860: SUD Workforce Bill

CAADPE Postion: SUPPPORT (sponsor of bill)

AB 1860 has been introduced by Assemblymember Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) at CAADPE’s request to help address the statewide shortage of substance use disorder counselors. AB 1860 would exempt graduate student interns who are completing supervised practicum hours within SUD programs from the requirement to be registered or certified as SUD counselors. The bill would apply to student interns participating in supervised internships affiliated with graduate university programs in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or counseling.

Under current statute these interns are required to be registered with or certified by one of the SUD counselor certifying organizations. The impact of this requirement is that it discourages qualified interns who are completing their required graduate school practicums/fieldwork from working in SUD treatment programs, by imposing an additional burden and expense on top of their internship requirements. The practical impact is that it reduces the available SUD workforce, and also prevents the pipeline of marriage and family therapists, professional clinical counselors, and social workers from gaining key experience in treating SUD conditions. By exempting graduate student interns from the registration/certification requirement, AB 1860 will reduce the barriers to increasing the SUD workforce, and help support a SUD-LPHA career path.

Take Action:  Submit your letter of support to the Assembly Appropriations Committee through the Advocacy portal.

SB 57 (Wiener, D-San Francisco) - Overdose Prevention Programs

CAADPE Postion: SUPPORT (co-sponsor)

SB 57 will authorize the City and County of San Francisco, the City of Oakland, and the County of Los Angeles to pilot and evaluate overdose prevention projects (OPP), sometimes referred to as “supervised consumption services,” or “supervised injection sites.” The evaluations will provide the information in order to better address California’s high rate of fatal drug overdose, homelessness, and public injection. Data from the more than 110 OPPs that already exist in eleven countries indicate that overdose prevention projects help to connect people to substance use disorder treatment and housing, and to reduce health and safety problems associated with drug use, including public drug use, discarded syringes, HIV and hepatitis infections, and overdose deaths. These OPP pilot programs will also act as health settings to mitigate overdose mortality rates as well as emergency room use. Incredibly, the cumulative research shows that even with tens of thousands of injections, there has never been a known death associated with these programs. Not one.

SB 57 is timely and urgent. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated overdose rates and, as hospital resources are stretched thin, we need a science-driven strategy to prevent fatal and nonfatal drug overdose. In the context of the current national discussion to re-imagine public safety and emergency responses, OPPs should be in the forefront of our strategies to address the needs of community members living at the intersection of homelessness and substance use.

Joint Statement: Elected Officials & Statewide Coalition Launch Legislative Effort to Create “Overdose Prevention Programs” in the Golden State

Coalition Promises Vigorous Campaign Amid Skyrocketing Overdose Deaths and Growing Support Across the Country for this Evidence-Based, Cost-Effective Approach

California Legislators joined California State Senator Scott Wiener (San Francisco) today on the first day of the Legislative session to introduce SB 57, a bill to bring overdose prevention programs to California. The Drug Policy Alliance—along with other co-sponsoring organizations, including the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, California Society of Addiction Medicine, HealthRIGHT 360, National Harm Reduction Coalition, Tarzana Treatment Centers, San Francisco AIDs Foundation and a growing statewide coalition—are launching a vigorous legislative campaign to pilot Overdose Prevention Programs (OPP), in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles County, where the homeless crisis continues to grow, overdose rates have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and fentanyl-related deaths are surging....

"CAADPE is proud to join, as a co-sponsor, with Senator Wiener in his effort to address California's overdose crisis. The Overdose Prevention Programs (OPP) are proven to make our communities safer and healthier. In this time of the need for public health safeguards, California should be using all known and effective strategies to curb the state's overdose crisis. Overdose Prevention Programs have been shown to reduce health and safety problems associated with drug use, including public drug use, discarded syringes, HIV and hepatitis infections, and overdose deaths. CAADPE applauds Sen. Wiener for his leadership in bringing this important treatment alternative to California."
Al Senella, President CAADPE- CA Assn. of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives, Inc.

Support SB57

Drop an email to Sen. Wiener today using this button. Under "Select an Issue", choose "Comment on Legislation" and then add just a few words in the comment section. Sample comment: "Thank you for your leadership in helping save lives, introducing SB 57, I support the bill. "