On Sept. 17, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan bill targeting policy changes to help reverse the current opioid crisis. AGC-supported changes in the bill, which include increasing the number of mental health and substance abuse professionals, providing job training and treatment services to individuals with substance use disorders, and providing support for recovering individuals to transition back into the workforce.
The Senate bill follows a similar effort by the House earlier this year. However, these two bills will need to be reconciled and passed before it goes to the president for signature. AGC will continue to advocate for a final bill prior to the end of the year.