Model Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Emergency Settings Act

The Model Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Emergency Settings Act (Act) establishes and aligns mechanisms for maximizing emergency medical settings as intervention points for people who experience a substance use-related emergency, people with substance use disorders, and their families. This Act, developed in collaboration with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, intends to do so by addressing the barriers to implementing protocols in emergency medical settings that would ensure evidence-based treatment of patients with substance use-related emergencies. The Act also intends to address barriers to expedited connection to the appropriate level of care following discharge, and incorporates best practices and promising innovations from interdisciplinary research analyzing protocols for emergency medical care delivery for the people most at risk of dying after emergency room discharge. Click here, to read the full text of the Model Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Emergency Settings Act.