Before 2:00PM Tuesday 2/9
Re: House Bill 5154  
Email The House Health and Human Services Committee members  via 
Chair Stephen M. Casey, Sponsor is committee member Rep. David Bennett
Before 2:00PM Thursday 2/11
Re: Senate Bill 47 
Email The Senate Health and Human Services Committee members
Chair and bill sponsor Sen. Josh Miller

WANT TO HELP INCREASE ACCESS to alternative pain treatment?

 The ear acupuncture provision in this legislation is a small tool that we know can have a big impact and so we want to increase access for Rhode Islanders to the benefits of the 5 needle ear acupuncture protocol or 5NP. 
This bill would make it possible for those working as clinical social workers, mental health counselors, certified peer recovery specialists, and nurses to use 5NP in their work either individually or in groups. (Licensed Chemical Dependency Professionals and of course acupuncturists can already perform 5NP.)

PCA has been championing this legislation for the past 3 years, and it is moving forward quickly this year. 🙂

Hearings are scheduled this week (2/9 and 2/11) for both the house and senate versions of this bill. Our bill sponsors, in the House-David Bennett, and in the Senate-Josh Miller, have also been involved in legislation for  broader policy changes related to non-opioid pain treatment options, overdose prevention, healthcare access, decriminalization of drugs and more.
Changes that support, rather than punish individuals and their families, are what we need. 


Could you send two short emails, one to each committee, to let the legislators know that there are a lot of us who want this legislation to finally become law ? Details below.
  • Bill numbers (House 5154) (Senate 47) 
  • Your position —e.g “Strongly support.”  
If you have a personal story or anecdote to include in your correspondence it’s also great to personalize the testimony. Or if you’re affiliated with an organization or effort to pass similar legislation elsewhere let that’s great info to include. 
**If you’d like to deliver verbal testimony via video please email Cris via this website asap to insure that we are signed up to do that. Apparently virtual testimony is much more efficient with no endless waiting around the halls of the state house!

POCA is committed to making acupuncture as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. The 5 Needle Protocol (also commonly called 5NP, acudetox, or the NADA protocol) is a simple, safe, and effective ear acupuncture treatment that was created for non-acupuncturists to use in treating addiction, trauma, and behavioral health. Building off the legacy of those who developed and championed this treatment for decades, including the Young Lords, the Black Panther Party, Lincoln Detox, and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, we have created a training program to enable as many people as possible to become Auricular Acu-Technicians (AATs) and use this treatment in their work and communities. 

Looking Forward: NADA’s Role in Genuine Social Change

Feb 17, 2021

Join us for our February Membership Café

NADA’s roots stem from a revolutionary history. Join us as we look back at our history for context to ground us in our present day work. Together, we will look at NADA’s origins to propel us into a conversation on: What is NADA’s role in genuine social change? Why is the NADA protocol ‘revolutionary’? And what is the role of youth in the NADA movement?

This event will be livestreamed on NADA’s Facebook. Can’t make the event live? It will be recorded and available on Facebook, as well as the public resource section on the NADA website.
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