Legislative Update: Substance Use Disorder 2017 Budget Proposals
Comparing House, Senate and Governor’s Proposals
The NC House, Senate and Governor’s budget proposals have now been completed. Thanks to your outreach to legislators and some furious work over the Memorial Day weekend, the House added a last minute amendment to add $5 million for community-based treatment! This victory would not have occurred without hard work from substance use disorder treatment and prevention advocates.
Here’s a breakdown of what each budget proposal looks like related to substance use disorder issues. Each version of the budget includes additional funding for CSRS upgrades, and all include some additional treatment funding, whether for direct community-based treatment, naloxone kits or more medication assisted treatment options. Also, both the Senate and House slow down the rate by which Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers (ADATCs) are being weaned off of state funding. Both chambers pay a lot of attention to Health Information Technology and electronic health records.
All three groups will work throughout June to negotiate a final budget. Legislators hope to end their session by the start of the fiscal year.