Kirchhofer’s bill adding new opioid treatment programs advances to governor

Kirchhofer’s bill adding new opioid treatment programs advances to governor

Posted by: Sam Holifield  | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 4:05 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2018) — State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) legislation that would increase the number of opioid treatment program options in Indiana from 18 to 27 could soon become law.

Under Kirchhofer’s proposal, nine additional certified community mental health centers or general acute care hospitals could be approved by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to operate a new opioid treatment program after June 30, 2018. Kirchhofer said this legislation aims to ensure all Hoosiers are within one hour of an opioid treatment center.

“One of the best ways we can begin combatting the opioid epidemic is increasing the number of treatment locations available to Hoosiers,” said Kirchhofer, chair of the House Committee on Public Health. “Ensuring those struggling with opioid addiction have every opportunity to begin the recovery process no matter where they live is crucial. By pairing these new opioid treatment centers with local hospitals and community mental health centers, Hoosiers will have greater access to wrap-around services like counseling and medical treatment.”

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.

Kirchhofer said this legislation would also open pathways for employers to assist qualified individuals who would have been hired had they not failed a drug screening. Employers would have the flexibility to hire an employee and allow them to complete a substance abuse treatment program.

House Enrolled Act 1007 is now eligible for action by the governor. 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.

 

PICTURED: State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) presents the final version of House Enrolled Act 1007 to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Kirchhofer’s legislation, which would increase the number of opioid treatment program options in Indiana from 18 to 27, is now eligible for action by the governor.