ASAP is a statewide organization that provides coordinated leadership to ensure Texans have full access to prevention and treatment substance abuse services. ASAP represents over 60 community based non-profit substance abuse treatment and prevention organizations. To fulfill the goal of ensuring Texans have full access to substance abuse services ASAP serves as a conduit for timely information between providers and DSHS, we advocate at the state and national levels for favorable policies and of course increased funding.
The members of ASAP are dedicated to changing the face of addiction in Texas. These are several of the cornerstones that our members are committed to.
REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS: Expand access to prevention and treatment services through private health insurance and public healthcare systems.
DECREASE WELFARE DEPENDENCY: Recognize and address drug and alcohol problems as a barrier to self sufficiency and include prevention and treatment services in Texas welfare reform programs.
STRENGTHEN TEXAS YOUTH, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES: Facilitate coordination, collaboration and expansion of substance abuse prevention services to help children grow up healthy, principled and productive.
CURTAIL CRIME, RECIDIVISM AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE COSTS: Increase substance abuse treatment opportunities as an alternative to incarceration and provide prevention services to offender families to interrupt the drug abuse/criminal justice cycle.
INCREASE WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY: Provide employers with incentives to establish drug and alcohol free work environments.
ENHANCE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY: Educate healthcare professionals to recognize drug and alcohol abuse and dependency symptoms which will facilitate the provision of cost effective early intervention and treatment.