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LEGISLATIVE MATTERS | Resolution applauds addiction professionals

“The counselors, teachers and health care experts on our front lines combating addiction, especially during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic, deserve our support for their life-changing work,” U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson said.
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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, left, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta.

WASHINGTON — U.S. House members, including Reps. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, and Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, introduced a resolution Tuesday to recognize the contributions of America’s addiction professionals workforce.

“The counselors, teachers and health care experts on our front lines combating addiction, especially during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic, deserve our support for their life-changing work,” Johnson said in a news release.

The resolution recognizes counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals who specialize in prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support and education.

“The past year was particularly challenging both for those struggling with addiction and substance use disorders and for the selfless men and women tirelessly working to treat and counsel those individuals,” Ryan said. “Everyone in need of addiction treatment or in recovery should have the resources they need to heal, and we wouldn’t be able to accomplish that without those who devote every day to helping their fellow Ohioans.”

Joining Ryan and Johnson in introducing H.Res.364 were U.S. Reps. Dave Joyce of Ohio, David Trone of Maryland and Paul Tonko of New York.

The bipartisan resolution states that the U.S. House of Representatives supports the delivery of evidence-based care for substance use disorder by acknowledging the contributions of addiction professionals and encourages that recognized credentials reflect the requisite knowledge, training and competencies for delivering quality, effective substance use disorder counseling. 

The full text of the resolution can be read here.