Expanding research and communications activites on substance abuse policy

Recent policy action at the state and federal levels indicates that the nation has entered a critical time in the debate concerning the treatment of substance abuse. In 2001, numerous states reexamined substance abuse policies, from decriminalizing marijuana use to diverting drug offenders into treatment. For legislators to make informed decisions, they must have access to current comprehensive information on addiction. This grant supports the National Conference of State Legislatures' Health Policy Tracking Service (HPTS) to expand research and communication activities around substance abuse. The project will enable HPTS to become the central locus for substance abuse-related legislative information, providing access to state legislators, concerned providers, and treatment and consumer groups. HPTS will expand research and analysis of state legislative and policy actions, disseminate information through a variety of communication vehicles to state legislatures, and link national and state organizations to the state information to support their actions.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $338,264.00

Awarded on: 1/16/2002

Time frame: 2/1/2002 - 5/31/2004

Grant Number: 43872


National Conference of State Legislatures

444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 515
Washington, 20001-1594


Shelly Gehshan
Project Director