Monday, May 25, 2009


The Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) have a lot of very happy people in their organization lately. And so they should. SAARA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for treatment and recovery. One of their biggest missions was to get legislation passed in Washington for parity for treatment of addiction and mental health. This finally passed in 2008 and was signed into law on October 3rd. What this means is that now all health insurance plans must cover addiction and mental health in the same way they cover other medical illnesses. Equal access to treatment and equal coverage. This is exciting and the folks at SAARA should be proud – a lot of hard work went into convincing people that this was the right thing to do. If you want to support SAARA they can be contacted at

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