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Advocacy

CHADD is part of a social movement that seeks to shape the conversation on how society treats, accommodates, and views people affected by ADHD. Our movement is made up of countless people affected by ADHD, their families, teachers, friends, and leaders in the fields of ADHD research, education, and mental health. We realize the most effective way to accomplish our goals is through sustained and strategic outreach to policymakers on the state and federal levels.

We are making a difference for for families and adults affected ADHD. And we need your help! We want you to be equipped with information to make a difference in your own life, whether that means dealing with issues in the classroom, the boardroom, or your living room.

PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS

CURRENT ISSUES

CHADD Position Statement on Controlled Substances Measures

July 24, 2017

CHADD has become aware of state and local policies, including legislation and regulations, intended to address the misuse of opioids, but which may have unintended consequences for children and adults prescribed FDA-approved medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read the full statement.

CHADD’s Position on Patient Access to ADHD Medications

May 15, 2017

Medication Access Principles: CHADD ascribes to the following principles regarding access to medications indicated to treat attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Medication is recognized by the scientific community as a primary treatment to effectively reduce the core symptoms of ADHD.[1] Given the stigma associated with ADHD and common misconceptions about treating the disorder, individuals…

American Health Care Act

May 15, 2017

The House of Representatives had been preparing to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) and replace them with alternative coverage policies. At this time, the House is not moving forward with a vote on the AHCA. Read our full report.

Health Insurance Coverage and ADHD

March 24, 2017

In September 2016, CHADD conducted a survey about health insurance coverage and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States. More than 1500 people from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. took part in the online survey and answered 15 anonymous questions about their personal experiences seeking access to services and medications for their,…