Category: Mental and Behavioral Health

Major Developments in Mental Health Reform

Mental health reform is a key component of ending homelessness for this disproportionate number of people suffering from mental health or substance use disorders. Cures Act Heads to President’s Desk In the past two weeks, Congress has moved quickly to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill with a number of health care and […]

Newly signed law is an important step in ending opioid epidemic

Last Friday, President Obama signed a landmark piece of legislation into law. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is an important step toward ending our nation’s opioid epidemic. The Alliance is particularly excited about the opportunities to address opioid abuse for people who experience homelessness that this legislation offers communities.

Going Above and Beyond CARA: An Opportunity to Address Opioid and Heroin Abuse

Prescription opioid and heroin abuse is a national crisis, and the Administration and Congress are taking steps – both on the national and state level – to fight this battle. But it’s not enough. Fatal overdoses from prescription drugs and heroin continue to escalate, particularly among those most vulnerable: those experiencing homelessness. We know that substance use disorders are known risk factors for homelessness , and that substance abuse and overdose disproportionately impact homeless people.