Ziemke’s bill to combat Indiana’s drug epidemic signed into law

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, April 28, 2017 3:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2017) Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law today a bill co-authored by State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) broadening mental health and addiction treatment options in Indiana.

House Enrolled Act 1006 includes neonatal abstinence syndrome as a condition for determining if a child is in need of services. Ziemke said these children would be able to receive medication-assisted treatment, which uses a combination of medicine and behavioral therapy to treat addiction.

“Drug addiction continues to plague Hoosier communities throughout our state, contributing to a growing mental health crisis,” Ziemke said. “It’s critical that lawmakers and health professionals work together to find new ways to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. By expanding CHINS qualifications to include neonatal abstinence syndrome, we can treat newborns who are affected by drugs, while also helping addicted mothers begin their path to recovery.”

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

Ziemke said this measure also urges the study of extending state-supported mental health and addiction treatment services to individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses. Currently, eligibility for Indiana’s Recovery Works program is limited to those charged or convicted of a felony.

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about HEA 1006.

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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.

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