State Boards of Education and related licensing entities for teachers, professors, and school administrators typically have policies on addiction, given the nature of their work with children and young adults.
The National Education Association (NEA)
The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union and professional interest group in the United States, representing public school teachers, support personnel, retired educators, and college and university faculty and staff. While the NEA is critical in advocating for education professionals, it does not have regulatory powers like state licensing boards or education departments. Thus, it doesn’t directly “regulate” teachers and educators regarding substance abuse and alcoholism.
However, the NEA acknowledges the importance of the well-being of educators and has taken initiatives in various ways:
Awareness and Advocacy
Collaboration with Other Entities
The American Medical Association (AMA) is a professional association for physicians and medical students in the United States. While the AMA does not have direct regulatory power over individual physicians like state medical boards do, it does play an influential role in setting ethical guidelines, advocating for policy changes, and providing resources and education. Here’s how the AMA addresses substance abuse and alcoholism: