Follow the Money: Federal Spending on Addiction, A Guide to the Appropriations Process, and Identifying Our Champions - Monday, March 7, 2022

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Follow the Money: Federal Spending on Addiction, A Guide to the Appropriations Process, and Identifying Our Champions

Monday, March 7, 2022 | Part of ASAM's Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference

As a health care professional who treats addiction, you understand the impact that federal and state legislation has on your practice and your patients. At ASAM, we are committed to elevating the voices of addiction medicine among key policymakers. ASAM's new grasstops program, the Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN), aims to leverage members’ advocacy relationships with lawmakers and expand member's advocacy skills.

In this training for AMAN members, Cornerstone’s Erik Fatemi, will provide an overview of federal spending on addiction treatment, establish advocate familiarity with the federal appropriations process, and help AMAN members identify Congressional champions of ASAM’s appropriations priorities. 

Interested in joining the Network? Whether you have existing advocacy relationships with lawmakers or simply want to develop new ones, consider applying for the ASAM Addiction Medicine Action Network (AMAN). As a member of AMAN, you will have access to advanced advocacy trainings and individualized advocacy support, and your work may be amplified and recognized through various communication channels. You can apply for AMAN by clicking here and completing the brief, online application.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  1. Provide an overview of federal spending on addiction treatment
  2. Raise advocate awareness of and establish advocate familiarity with the federal appropriations process
  3. Teach advocates how to identify Congressional champions of ASAM’s federal spending priorities

Registration Rates

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Resident Member*$0
Student Member*$0

To attend this session live, please register for ASAM's Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference. You will then join this session using the join-link emailed to everyone registered for the conference. This training is available live for Addiction Medicine Action Network Members only, however the recording is available to everyone, free of charge. 

*Residents, Fellows-in-training, Interns, and Students must join ASAM to receive a discounted registration rate. Click here to become an ASAM member. National and Chapter membership dues apply. There is no charge for Students to become a Member, but verification of student status is required.

Membership Question?  Call ASAM at 1.301.656.3920, email us, or view the ASAM website for more information.

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Erik Fatemi



Erik Fatemi joined Cornerstone in 2013 after serving 12 years on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education under Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). From February 2010 through October 2013 Erik served as the subcommittee’s staff director.

During his time in the Senate he oversaw the entire breadth of funding and policy issues in the subcommittee’s jurisdiction, developing particular expertise in the areas of biomedical research and early childhood, secondary and higher education. He specialized in NIH issues for that entire period and is the only non-NIH employee ever to receive the NIH Director’s Award. His other honors include the 2014 Staff Recognition Award from the Committee for Education Funding for his work on the Appropriations Committee. Erik was the Senate’s key representative during negotiations with the House of Representatives and White House over the annual Labor-HHS-Education spending measure, and as a result of this position he maintains extensive relationships within the Executive Branch and both chambers of Congress.

Prior to Capitol Hill, Erik worked for a dozen years as a reporter, editor and columnist at various news organizations, most recently at Education Week, where he directed the publication’s coverage of federal education policy and education technology. Erik holds a degree in English from Princeton University.  He is married and has three girls.


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