Registration is now open for the 2014 CADA Public Policy Conference on April 29 in Sacramento.
This year the conference will address major issues and challenges for the SUD field, including implementation of the ACA and California's Medicaid expansion which opens up SUD treatment to large numbers of individuals, continued implementation of realignment, and the state's plan for implementing the recently awarded two-year extension to meet the court order to reduce the state's prison population.
Unlike many other policy conferences, the CADA conference is an intimate conversation with top policy leaders. Rather than hear presenters give lectures, attendees will be able to have real dialogue with the individuals primarily responsible for making policy decisions that impact the SUD field.
Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) have confirmed that they will address the CADA Public Policy Conference to discuss legislative proposals that will impact the SUD field.
Senator Beall, a champion of mental health and SUD policy, recently introduced a budget proposal to enforce the federal Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) in California.
Senator Ed Hernandez is a physician and strong advocate for SUD treatment. He recently introduced SB 973 to allow a narcotic treatment program (NTP) to admit a patient to narcotic detoxification or maintenance treatment at the discretion of the NTP's medical director rather than wait the currently required seven days after the previous treatment attempt. This bill would remove a significant barrier to accessing treatment and prevent unnecessary discomfort for patients in addiction recovery.
Karen Baylor, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services at the California Department of Health Care Services, and Diane Cummins, Special Advisor to Governor Brown, will also address the conference.