House advances Kirchhofer’s bill adding new opioid treatment programs

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:49 am

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The House of Representatives supported State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) legislation on Tuesday that would expand the number of Indiana’s current opioid treatment program options from 18 to 27.

Under Kirchhofer’s proposal, nine certified community mental health centers or general acute care hospitals could apply to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to operate a new opioid treatment program after June 30, 2018. Kirchhofer said pairing opioid treatment programs with local hospitals will provide additional wrap-around services like medical treatment and counseling to Hoosiers. 

“As we consider adding these nine new opioid treatment centers, the locations will be critical,” said Kirchhofer, chair of the House Committee on Public Health. “I’ve heard of individuals traveling hours to get treatment before starting their workday. By expanding our state’s opioid treatment options, it is our hope every Hoosier struggling with addiction will be within an hour drive of a program, ultimately, giving them more opportunities to have a successful recovery.”

This proposal would also provide provisional credentialing to Hoosier mental health professionals who are qualified to treat those with addiction when they change employers. Kirchhofer said this would streamline the hiring process for addiction treatment providers, accelerating the delivery of qualified treatment to those who need it.

House Bill 1007 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.

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Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,

which includes portions of Marion County.

A high-resolution photo of Kirchhofer can be downloaded by clicking here.