A Unique Opportunity...
October 1, 2013
Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) affirms national efforts to end the stigma and discrimination associated with addiction.
In support of these efforts, ATS will
record the stories of 50 individuals
from our recovery community who want to contribute to the
Faces and Voices of Recovery movement.
Those in long-term recovery from addictive disorders, as well as loved ones who've journeyed with a recovering person, can support others who are still seeking recovery by telling the world that
"recovery is possible."*
To participate, please contact us.
- In 2008 The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was signed into law by President Bush. The law requires health insurance companies to offer addiction treatment coverage benefits that are comparable to the benefits offered for other health conditions. The bill provides an example of how government policy can remedy discriminatory practices in theprivate sector.
- The federal ban on student loans for people with drug convictions was passed in 1998, and is an example of how the criminalization of drugs can affect people in long term recovery. In 2006 eligibility for federal financial aid was restored to all students with prior drug convictions in an important victory for recovery advocates.
- Since 1996, 16 states have enacted reforms of their disenfranchisement laws, but in Kentucky some 128,000 individuals who have served sentences for drug felony convictions are permanently disqualified from voting.