Kirchhofer’s bill to expand addiction treatment options heads to governor

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Friday, April 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2017) State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) legislation that would broaden mental health and addiction treatment options in Indiana could soon be law.

“Indiana continues to find new, commonsense solutions to treat individuals afflicted with mental health and addiction issues,” Kirchhofer said. “The opioid epidemic affects more than just the user and this measure is an example of our efforts to combat substance abuse problems. This plan would be a significant step in the right direction to connect drug users to the necessary resources to find a path to recovery.”

House Enrolled Act 1006 includes neonatal abstinence syndrome as a factor for determining if a child is in need of services. Kirchhofer said children and mothers could receive medication-assisted treatment, which uses a combination of medicine and behavioral therapy to treat addiction.

In addition, the Family and Social Services Administration could certify recovery residences in Indiana to provide quality standards in housing and assistance to chronic addicts.

Kirchhofer said this measure also urges the study of extending mental health and addiction treatment services to individuals in the criminal justice system.

HEA 1006 can now be considered by the governor as a new law.

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

which includes portions of Marion County.

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