Important drug legislation

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MOMS TELL is our parent advocacy organization and some of the things we do is work on legislation. And some of the important legislation that's out there now is called the Parody Act. What that legislation is, is trying to get equal coverage for substance abuse as the same as with other physical health. That legislation was passed by Congressmen Ramstad and Kennedy, who both since left office but made that mission to be able to see the fulfillment of this legislation. So there's Parody hearing that are going to be going on and we'll be attending those as well. One of the other things we do is we focus on policy because really the heart of making change in substance abuse treatment field is getting involved in the policy issues, getting families to the table. Because there are things that are happening within the realm, not only in legislation but also policy where people are making decisions that really don't know how their decisions are going to affect our families. So it's very important to be at those tables so we could tell them, "You know what? This is not going to work" or "You know what? This policy is excellent, it's really going to help our kids." And these are some of the things that we focus on in the organization that I run.

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Sharon LeGore

Family Advocate

Sharon is the founder and president of Momstell, a parent advocacy organization she created after the death of her daughter to a drug overdose.  She created the Momstell website in order to expand the mission to join concerned parents and families to work together towards improving drug treatment, education, legislation, and policy. Mrs. LeGore has worked on many drug and alcohol policy, state budget and legislative issues for Pennsylvania, including legislation to create the first statewide Parent Advisory Council for substance abuse issues in Pennsylvania. She serves on several policy tables and co-chairs the PA Children’s Advisory Committee.

Mrs. LeGore is a consultant on substance abuse family involvement issues for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and is also the co-director of the SAMHSA sponsored “National Family Dialogue”. Sharon co-authored the CSAT/SAMHSA report “Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue”, an issue brief entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment” a journal piece for Reclaiming Futures entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: What do we know and what lies ahead”, co-authored the “Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: Results of a Family Survey” as well as several additional published articles. She is a national speaker and also serves on the Parent Advisory Board for the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Sharon is the mother of four and resides in Mt Wolf, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry.

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