Kirchhofer files legislation to improve accessibility to opioid treatment programs

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:29 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 9, 2018) — State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) filed legislation Monday that would allow for nine additional opioid treatment programs in locations the Division of Mental Health and Addiction propose. 

Under the legislation, 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. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction would have administrative and oversight responsibility of the programs. 

“The opioid epidemic affects more than just addicts,” said Kirchhofer, chair of the House Committee on Public Health. “It can affect generations of Hoosier families. This legislation would greatly improve access to addiction treatment programs throughout the state, ensuring Hoosiers, particularly in underserved areas, have options to begin and sustain their recovery process.”

Kirchhofer said the geographic location of these future programs will be an important consideration during the approval process as the state works to ensure every Hoosier is within an hour drive of an opioid treatment program facility.

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

House Bill 1007 has been assigned to the House Committee on Public Health and is eligible for amendments made by the committee. 

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about House Bill 1007.

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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.