NAMSDL's Legislative and Policy Services

NAMSDL’s legislative and policy assistance to local, state and federal stakeholders includes one or a combination of the following services:

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive statewide needs assessment of over 40 different drug & alcohol laws, policies and regulations in the state. The needs assessment will identify specific action steps to build on strengths, resolve problems, fill gaps and can take the form of a statewide summit or a series of working meetings.
  • Planning and holding national, regional or state legislative and policy conferences or working groups on selected drug and alcohol issues.
  • Drafting and distributing model laws and policies on over 40 different drug and alcohol issues.
  • Creating and disseminating a comparative analysis of a model law & policy with a specific state bill, law, policy and regulation.
  • Developing and distributing a comparative analysis of a specific state bill, law, policy and regulation with other states’ bills, laws, policies and regulations.
  • Creating and distributing comparative analysis of all 50 states’ laws, policies and regulations on over 40 different drug and alcohol topics.
  • Recommending drafting tips and language to tailor a model law, policy or other state law, policy or regulation to an individual state’s needs.
  • Reviewing proposed bills or legislative drafts to identify potential loopholes and suggest enhancements.
  • Linking people to NAMSDL’s network of experts and resource people on the model laws, policies and related drug and alcohol topic areas.
  • Advising on policy, technical, legal and substantive issues related to the model laws, policies and related topic areas.
  • Facilitating stronger working relationships among drug and alcohol professionals, community leaders, the recovering community and government officials in a state, region or nationally.
  • Participating in meetings, working groups, seminars, conferences, summits, briefings, hearings and other events to educate stakeholders on the purposes and application of the model laws and policies; the status of state drug laws, policies or programs; the scope and nature of state drug and alcohol problems; options for tackling the problems; and other relevant drug and alcohol topics.
  • Facilitating the development of stronger working relationships among drug and alcohol professionals, community leaders, the recovering community and government officials in a state, region or nationally. Various facilitation techniques may be used, including translating the needs, issues, concerns and practical considerations of one set of stakeholders into the type of communication that can be more readily understood by other stakeholders. This allows for easier determination in areas of real consensus and policy disagreements.
  • Writing and disseminating documents that supplement NAMSDL’s model laws, policies and comparative analysis. These documents may include narrative discussions, tables, maps and other visual depictions of analytical elements.