Government affairs consulting firm Lincoln Policy Group has signed a pact with the Opioid Treatment Program Consortium, an alliance of opioid treatment facilities, for Capitol Hill lobbying support on health policy issues as they relate to drug-treatment.

Lewisville, TX-based OTP is comprised of national treatment organizations including BayMark Health Services, Aegis Treatment Centers, Behavioral Health Group, Center for Behavioral Health, Colonial Management Group,  CRC Health and Pinnacle Treatment Centers.

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The consortium has retained Lincoln Policy Group for D.C. advocacy work related to Medicaid reform and healthcare reform, as well as funding and coverage for opioid use disorder treatment, according to lobbying registration documents filed in July.

Drug policy experts worry that the nation’s current opioid epidemic could be worsened by Republicans’ recent attempts to replace Obamacare, possibly cutting substance abuse treatment coverage for those suffering from drug addiction.

Approximately 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The account will be led by LPG principals Dan Elling and Colin Roskey. Elling was formerly staff director to the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives and also served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN) and health policy aide to Health Subcommittee Chairman Nancy Johnson (R-CT). Roskey was previously a staff lawyer to the Senate Finance Committee under Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA),

Elling and Colin Roskey will be joined by VP Regina Sherick, a former staff assistant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.