Steuerwald’s bill to expand addiction treatment heads to governor

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2018) — State Rep. Greg Steuerwald’s (R-Avon) legislation expanding substance abuse treatment options for those charged with a misdemeanor may soon become law.

Steuerwald said the proposal would authorize the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council to create a pilot program opening state-supported drug treatment to individuals who have been charged with a misdemeanor drug offense.

“This proactive measure can help those individuals who need treatment and not necessarily incarceration for an extended period,” Steuerwald said. “We will be able to see if targeted interventions by state-supported addiction treatment programs can improve public health and safety.”

Under state law, programs like Recovery Works are reserved for those who have been charged or convicted of a felony. Currently, there are more than 20,000 participants in the Recovery Works program.

“Early intervention is key,” Steuerwald said. “We need to attack the opioid epidemic from as many angles as possible to make Indiana a safe place to live and raise a family.”

House Enrolled Act 1006 can now be considered by the governor. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents House District 40,

which includes a portion of Hendricks County.

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