Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Database


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Use the interactive database on this page to find up-to-date information regarding enacted substance use disorder (SUD) treatment legislation beginning in 2019, including opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.

You can search legislation by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor. Searchable topics include eight categories related to substance use disorder treatment: 

  • Counseling and Behavioral Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Parity and Coverage
  • Recovery Support Services
  • Residential and Hospital-Based Treatment
  • Telehealth
  • Other

For more information on the topics, please see the table below the database. For legislation regarding opioid use disorder prevention, overdose prevention and other injury prevention topics, please visit NCSL’s Injury Prevention Legislation Database.

For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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Guide to Substance Use Disorder Treatment Database

Counseling and Behavioral Health

State policies related to behavioral health treatments for people experiencing substance use disorders, including talk therapy and other psychotherapies. Behavioral health treatments address the behaviors, thoughts and emotions of people experiencing a substance use disorder with the intention of providing the individual with strategies and resources to manage their recovery.


State policies expanding or improving upon Medicaid services for people experiencing a substance use disorder.

Medication Assisted Treatment


State policies relating to access, coverage and regulation of medication assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is the use of FDA-approved medications (including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone), in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder.

Parity and Coverage


State policies addressing disparities between insurance coverage and accessibility of mental health services or other treatments for substance use disorder and other forms of health care. This category may also include other insurance coverage legislation related to SUD treatment.

Recovery Support Services

State policies addressing access, coverage and regulation of recovery support services. Recovery support services refers to the collection of services that provide emotional and practical support to individuals in recovery. This includes services from recovery coaches and peer supports, participation in mutual aid groups, and the utilization of sober living facilities, recovery high schools and colleges and other forms of long-term recovery care.

Residential and Hospital-Based Treatment


State policies relating to access, coverage and regulation of long- and short-term residential and hospital-based treatment programs. Residential treatment programs occur in non-hospital residential settings providing relevant medical care and recovery supports. Hospital-based treatment programs are in-patient treatment programs providing acute medical care in a clinical setting, including partial hospitalizations and emergency department care.


State policies relating to treatment of substance use disorders through telehealth. Telehealth treatment programs allow health care providers to evaluate, diagnose and treat substance use disorders, including authority to issue prescriptions, remotely.


State policies relating to the treatment of substance use disorders not covered by other topic headings.


NCSL works in cooperation with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to bring you this database.

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