Drug testing

Drug testing

Multiple states have implemented drug screening followed by testing of TANF applicants and have proposed similar requirements for other public benefit programs. These stigmatizing proposals and laws are based on stereotypes about people who need public benefits and are an ineffective means of identifying individuals in need of drug treatment. Suspicionless drug testing for public assistance has repeatedly been found unconstitutional.


Thirteen states have adopted policies making drug testing an eligibility condition for TANF. These policies waste money, with operating costs far exceeding money saved from denying benefits, as well as harm families.

CLASP submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor on its proposed rule to broaden the category of occupations required to drug test for Unemployment Insurance.    

Feb 21, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to CMS on Wisconsin's proposal to extend their section 1115 demonstration waiver.

Sep 8, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Maine's draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

Jul 20, 2017 | Report/Brief | CLASP

Several states have proposed to drug test applicants seeking nutritional assistance under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This stigmatizing proposal is based on stereotypes and would hinder families' ability to access food.

Jun 30, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services on Wisconsin's draft 1115 waiver amendment application.

May 24, 2017 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments to Maine on their draft 1115 demonstration waiver amendment application.

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