Date & Time
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location Name
The Presidential Ballroom (Salon IV-VII)
Session Type
Fireside Chat
Level of Experience
Introductory -- No prior experience with topic needed.

The fight for parity coverage of mental health and addiction services has seen groundbreaking victories in the last decade, yet many of the most effective models to address substance use disorders continue to see limited or no coverage by insurers. This is especially true beyond clinical treatment settings. Data confirms the efficacy of quality recovery housing with strong peer support as one of our most vital tools thanks to the research of individuals such as Drs. Thomasina Borkman, David Best and Amy Mericle as well as organizations like the Recovery Outcomes Institute and Fletcher Group. 

The Kennedy Forum is at the forefront of parity advocacy for both mental health and addiction services. This fall, The Forum will kick off a new five-year movement to support policymakers and align stakeholders across the industry. Joining us to discuss this movement and how recovery housing providers and advocates can do their part is The Kennedy Forum's founder and former US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI). In this fireside chat, former Congressman Kennedy will give an overview of the current state of parity advocacy and discuss how The Kennedy Forum is working towards stronger policies, enforcement, and a unified vision of mental health and addiction services coverage. Kennedy will be joined by NARR Board of Director Dr. Corrie Vilsaint of Harvard Medical School and MGH Recovery Research Institute for further conversation on the specific concerns of recovery housing providers in the fight for equitable coverage-- and why now is the perfect time to get involved.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to . . .
(1) Outline the current state of mental health and addiction services parity advocacy.
(2) Identify three key benefits of increasing coverage for non-treatment addiction services such as recovery housing.
(3) Identify three ways recovery housing providers can advocate for SUD parity coverage on the local, state, or federal level.
Counselor Skill Group
Legal, Ethical and Professional Development