U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will sponsor new legislation to fund support services for families of individuals suffering from substance misuse disorders.
Gillibrand says when a person has a substance misuse disorder, their family is often thrown into a world of paperwork, and they don’t get the support they need.
“Families need support and access to resources like evidence-informed medical and treatment information, referrals to credible and helpful treatment providers and support groups. They need assistance navigating the insurance coverage process to avoid them going into debt to pay for their family member’s treatment.”
Her legislation would create a $25 million national grant program.
The money would go to nonprofits and community organizations that support families dealing with substance misuse.