OUR ISSUES

Tell your Congressperson to act on The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act! 

Policy Issue 1) Untreated substance abuse and mental health disorders have a societal impact with the loss of workplace productivity, familial discord and separation, reduced educational and occupational attainment, and increased costs associated with law enforcement, and the use of hospitals and other medical care.

 

REAL Michigan advocates for the implementation of policies and programs that allow access to services for the impacted individuals and their families.

 

 

 

 Mental Health Care: NAMI Report Finds Insurance Discrimination, Lack of Transparency under Parity Laws

Policy Issue 2) Health insurance benefits for many seeking treatment for substance abuse and some mental health disorders are not delivered on an equal basis with the life-saving treatment provided for other chronic health conditions

 

REAL Michigan supports an increase and equitable funding to ensure that treatment, recovery and other services are sufficiently available on demand to those who need them.

 

 

 

Just Say NO...To The War on Drugs

Policy Issue 3) The War on Drugs created an environment where criminalization of a substance use disorder was the priority over providing support and this continues to be the case.

 

REAL Michigan  Educates  local law enforcement representatives and policy makers on the collateral consequences of the criminalization and stigma attached to addiction 

 

Our Stories Have Power-Recovery Messaging Can Help Reduce Stigma

Policy Issue 4) Tens of thousands of Michigan citizens who are in recovery  are denied educational opportunities, employment, and insurance based on their history 

REAL Michigan  Educates  local law enforcement representatives and policy makers on the collateral consequences of the criminalization and stigma attached to addiction 

 

REAL Michigan advocates for the repeal of discriminatory laws that prevent citizens with behavioral health and related legal histories from having equal access to life enhancing opportunities, thereby hindering their meaningful contribution to their families and communities.

 

Reducing Stigma Increases Access to Treatment for Many 

Policy Issue 5) Due to its stigma and other issues, individuals impacted by substance use and mental health disorders are without a voice or the political clout to support adequate and appropriate services for this underserved population. 

 

REAL Michigan Educates and mobilizes the recovery community.  This action will provide a unified voice consisting of constituents and their family members. It will create the ability to effectively advocate for appropriate and necessary legislation and policies that support prevention, treatment and  access to recovery support services..