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Affordable Care Act Alcohol Treatment and Addiction

Obamacare Requires Insurance Plans to Cover Alcohol Treatment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which went into effect on October 1, may bring some hope to people who want treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. Otherwise known as Obamacare, the new law defines drug and alcohol abuse as “chronic diseases.” This classification requires insurance plans to cover drug and alcohol treatment and allows healthcare […]

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Removing the Guesswork: NTSB Recommends Setting Clear Goals to Reduce Drunk Driving

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the last in a five-part series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. In the past four posts I’ve explored the NTSB’s recommended countermeasures to affect “meaningful reductions in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.” These include: Lowering the legal BAC […]

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NADCP Conference Attendees Urge Congress to Invest in Communities by Funding Drug and DWI Courts

Last month, attendees at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 19th Annual Training Conference left the convention hall for a day and headed to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and their staff. Their goal: to give legislators a better understanding of the drug court model and how these courts are making a difference […]

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In Kansas, Refuse a DUI Test and You Could End Up in Jail

Despite the fact that all 50 states have implied consent laws, which dole out punishment for refusal to take a sobriety test, refusals are still common practice in many states, and it’s letting repeat drunk drivers who are well versed in their state laws walk away from DUI convictions. Implied consent laws apply penalties to […]

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Leandra’s Law: Closing interlock loophole runs aground in NY House

New York’s groundbreaking Leandra’s Law had its first official challenge last month when an offender sentenced to the mandatory year of ignition interlock challenged his sentence after failing to install the system in the required timeframe, then failing subsequent uploads and tests. Ernan Perez’s challenge represents the first reported one to the state law, but […]

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Making a Difference: NHTSA Recognizes Top Highway Safety Advocates for 2012

On June 15th and the 30th Annual Lifesavers Conference in Orlando, NHTSA  Administrator David Strickland presented the agency’s top Public Service Awards to 15 advocates and organizations. Among those recognized for their contributions was Stephen K. Talpins, CEO of the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime, an organization that AMS proudly sponsors. NHTSA honored […]

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Partisan Politics Set Aside in Favor of Progress on the Federal Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Given the current political climate in this election year and the propensity for members of congress to “kick the can” down the road, it is encouraging to see positive steps being taken to move the Federal Transportation Reauthorizaton Bill forward. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) announced today that House and Senate conferees […]

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California law reduces oversight of parolees, will it cost more in the long run?

According to the Los Angeles Times, a little known California law has caused an astounding increase in the number of paroles who were taken off supervision. About 8,500 parolees were taken off supervision in April , more than six times the 1,300 discharged in March. Under the new law, parolees who were last imprisoned for […]

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Making a Difference: Small Town Maine Walks to End Domestic Violence

We Walk Like MADD, we Race for a Cure, and we also walk for electronic monitoring. At least that’s what residents of Dexter, Maine, did June 17th when they held the second annual Amy, Coty, Monica, Memorial 5k Race/Walk to End Domestic Violence, as reported in the Bangor Daily News. Amy Lake and her two children, […]

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The Economics and the Social Impact: Why NADCP is So Important

Today marks the opening of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 18th Annual Drug Court Training Conference in Nashville, where 4,000 criminal justice professionals will meet to learn, engage, share, and participate in one of the most significant trends in our country: therapeutic jurisprudence. It’s a fancy phrase that describes a substantial, systemic paradigm […]

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