Now that NASPER has been signed into law, what's next?
The law authorizes spending $60 million from fiscal year 2006 to 2010 to create a federal grant program
housed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help establish or improve state-run prescription
drug monitoring programs.
The 20 states that have programs can apply for grants to expand and improve them. Other states can apply for startup funds.
Here's a step-by-step update:
- Within six months after money is first appropriated, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is required to
publish regulations to establish specific minimum standards for all state Controlled Substance Monitoring Programs (CSMPs).
The secretary will first publish proposed regulations and will request public comment. At that point, ASIPP members’ input will
be critical to ensure that the best possible regulations are formed to help implement the law.
- NASPER allows each state to establish an Advisory Council to assist in the establishment, implementation or improvement
of its CSMP. ASIPP members can encourage their governors to create the council and offer to serve on it. This will help ASIPP
play a role in the implementation of CSMPs across the country.
- NASPER authorizes $15 million to be appropriated in Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007. In each Fiscal Year 2008, 2009 and 2010,
another $10 million is authorized. ASIPP members need to lobby their Congressional representatives to push for full funding
- ASIPP members should work with their individual state legislatures and/or state agencies to establish a state CSMP.
These state level programs must be in place before the state can apply for federal funding. ASIPP members also can lobby their
state representatives to supplement the federal grants with state funding.
- ASIPP members should ask their Congressional representatives to write a letter to the state governor, requesting that
the state enact a CSMP.
States may want to review legislation from Kentucky, Nevada and Utah,
where exemplary programs are in place: