AATOD Update: What You Need To Know
I hope this newsletter finds everyone enjoying the new year. My dad used to tell me that the years go faster as you get older; if the speed at which this year flew by is any indicator, he was right! There has been so much that has happened this year in our state and industry, and I foresee 2016 having plenty of activity as well.
As many of you remember, the December AATOD meeting is a two day affair when the Board meets with Federal government officials. First up was Michael Botticelli, and we are fortunate to have this man as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has an understanding of our treatment modality that is unprecedented of a person in his position, and his own personal recovery is a benefit to his understanding of addiction, treatment, and the stigma our patients experience. ONDCP continues to work to expand medication assisted treatment (MAT) into all areas they have influence over including criminal justice, federal health plans, and inclusion in the 2017 budget. Mr. Botti