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The addiction treatment field got some good news last month when the Senate Appropriations Committee soundly rebuked the Administration's proposal to cut block grant funds from states that did not report National Outcome Measures (NOMs). The full committee met June 21, two days after the appropriations subcommittee set the levels (see ADAW June 25) and too late for press for our last issue.
Here's what the full appropriations committee said in the June 21 report:
The Committee has not included language requested by the Administration to withhold at least 5 percent of block grant funds from States unable to submit National Outcome Measures [NOMs] data. The Committee strongly opposes this proposal and believes that punitive policies could threaten or interrupt service delivery.
States have good reason to …