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ONDCP Rural Stakeholder Call - The Federal Response to COVID-19: Supporting Care for Substance Use Disorder in Rural America

May 22, 2020

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is hosting a call to discuss federal efforts to increase access to care for those struggling with substance use disorder in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Date: June 2, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Scheduled Speakers:

  • James Carroll, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Matthew Strait, Senior Policy Advisor, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Dr. Jim Gandotra, Chief Medical Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Anna Bonelli, Senior Policy Advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Nisha Patel, Associate Director/Senior Advisor, Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • Dr. Grant Baldwin, Director, Division of Overdose Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
  • Charles Eberle, Senior Counsel, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Betty-Ann Bryce, Rural Health Liaison, U.S. Department of Agriculture

During the COVID-19 crisis, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is working with other areas of the Federal government to ensure the approximately 20 million Americans who struggle with the disease of addiction can access and continue to receive treatment and recovery support services, while keeping themselves and healthcare professionals safe from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.

In this effort, the Administration understands that there are many barriers to addiction-related care in rural America that present unique challenges to helping people get healthy and maintain their recovery. On this rural stakeholder call, senior Agency officials will share the unprecedented steps that have been taken to increase access to care in rural areas, support rural health care and treatment providers, and provide funding and other resources to assist rural communities impacted by substance use disorder during this public health emergency.

Source: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy