Monday, March 6, 2017

HEARINGS 3/7 - 3/8: Recovery Schools, K-12 Curriculum, 24/7 Referral, Expanded Suboxone, Treatment in Jails/Prisons

PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL LISA (301) 525-6183, IF YOU ARE ABLE TESTIFY ON EITHER OF THESE BILLS ON TUESDAY 3/7 AND/OR WEDNESDAY 3/8:

HB 1329/SB 967Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act of 2017
House Health & Govt Ops Committee / Senate Finance Committee  --Call and email these committee members and ask them to support:
  1. Colleges to offer credits in education for substance use disorders, effective treatment, and pain management; 
  2. Establish crisis treatment centers that perform assessments 24 / 7 and connect individuals to care immediately;
  3. Create a Health Crisis Hotline to provide legitimate resources for callers regarding treatment options and support services;
  4. Ensure that buprenorphrine is available at all "health care facilities" --hospitals, community health centers, behavioral health treatment providers, and local health departments;
  5. Ensure that hospitals refer patients to next level of care and provide Naloxone to surviving overdose patients;
  6. Requiring all insurance providers to cover all levels of treatment, including residential;
  7. Requires the MD Dept of Education, in consultation with stakeholders, to develop a plan to establish regional recovery schools throughout Maryland by 12/1/2017;
  8. Requires SUD treatment, incl. medicated-assisted treatment in prisons and jails
HB 1082/SB1060Heroin and Opioid Education and Community Action Act of 2017 (Start Talking Maryland Act)
House Health & Govt Ops Committee / Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee  --Call and email these committee members and ask them to support:
  1. Expand the use of Drug Courts;
  2. Board of Education shall develop and implement a program of drug addiction and prevention education in public schools, begi9nning in elementary school;
  3. Establishment of school policy for school nurses to administer Naloxone, and a requirement that parents are notified at the beginning of the school year about Naloxone policy, and a requirement that the school develop on-going dissemination of information re Naloxone --social media, PSA's;
  4. Requires colleges to establish opioid addiction awareness and prevention training;

1 comment:

  1. Love the acronym HOPE. Drug abuse has really become an epidemic if not a pandemic and so glad that there are initiatives being taken to counter and curb the menace.

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