AAP has been the voice of chemical dependency for more than 37 years!

The association has been the pivotal organization for public and legislative advocacy to defend deferred prosecution, expand DUI laws to mandate assessment and treatment, expand treatment access for indigent and low-income, expand health care coverage of chemical dependency, and promote early identification and treatment of chemical dependency. Approximately one-third of the Association’s activities are directed to lobbying the Legislature and Congress, with the remainder directed toward working with state regulation, professional, development and public education.

Most recently the AAP has initiated or been closely involved in legislation to override federal law prohibiting drug felons from receiving public assistance and food stamps, expanding treatment for indigents, promoting state chemical dependency counselor certification, adopting national patient placement criteria, improving health insurance benefits for chemical dependency, and coordinating educational and collaborative efforts to keep members appraised and involved in the rapidly changing health care environment, including managed care assistance.

Accomplishments include:

  • 1981 – Obtained laws mandating alcoholism assessments with all DUI offenses
  • 1982 – Successfully led state insurance mandates for full continuum of care, including Intensive Outpatient and family counseling
  • 1983 – First of many successful defenses of deferred prosecution and DUI laws requiring evaluation and treatment
  • 1985 – Began advocacy for adequate treatment funding and early intervention
  • 1989 to 1996 – Worked with Insurance Commissioner to require minimum benefits in group health plans following ASAM and regular inflationary adjustments to benefits
  • 1998 – Passage of state certification of chemical dependency counselors
  • 2005 – Successfully advocated for expanding residential treatment capacity and rates
  • 2006 – Sponsored first AAP Annual Provider Conference
  • 2007 – Orchestrated a legislative movement increasing public vendor rates
  • 2017 – Legislation to separate state certification from contracting – implementing in 2018