Updated May 2020
NCADD-NJ’s Road to Recovery Campaign
NCADD-NJ’s Road to Recovery Campaign is a grassroots effort to highlight public policies thathelp individuals overcome addiction or mental illness through life-saving intervention and education, and remove barriers to living healthy lives in recovery. Addiction is a disease that touches many. Taking a comprehensive public health approach to this growing problem is urgent.
NCADD-NJ continues to identify legislation that can save lives and encourage those struggling with behavioral health so that individuals and their families who suffer from addiction can get and stay well. Finding and sustaining recovery can be hard, so focusing on policies that make long term recovery easier is a cause worth fighting for with your grassroots support.
Advocates have already achieved many victories over the years from the Road to Recovery Campaign. The following bills became law under the previous legislative term with the work of our dedicated Advocates.
ROAD TO RECOVERY CAMPAIGN VICTORIES!
- Requires high schools to stock naloxone, authorizes school nurses to administer, and provides them with legal indemnification.
- Permits automatic expungement for individuals completing drug court.
- Mandates substance misuse instruction developed in the state Department of Education for the Core Curriculum.
- Requires jails and prisons to supply medications to inmates for chronic illnesses.
- Trains certain doctors in jails and prison on dealing with people with addictions.
- Allows anyone to get naloxone without a prescription.
- Provides for issuance of certificate of work suitability to certain offenders including those with substance use disorders.
- Ensures that medication assisted treatment benefits under the Medicaid program are provided without the imposition of prior authorization strictures.
- Ensures health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhances oversight and enforcement of mental health and addiction parity laws.
- Requires prescription opioid medications include warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and overdose
The following list of bills have been introduced during the legislative 2020/21 term thus far:
Treating Addiction as a Health Condition:
A.2124/S.2170 and S.2079 and A.3364 – Create the NJ Office of Drug Czar
Opioid Crisis Solution Focus:
S.1731/A.2295 – Mandates the curriculum in medical schools include instruction in medication assisted treatment
A.3284 – Mandates that pharmacies maintain a minimum stock of opioid antidotes
A.3941 – Provides for funds received from opioid litigation or settlements to be dedicated for use in financing substance use disorder prevention and treatment services in New Jersey
A.271 – Change the name of “Drug Court” to “Recovery Court”
A.2280/S.1763 – Prohibits patient brokering
S.877/A.809 – Requires jails and prisons to develop strategic plans to provide peer counseling programs to support the treatment of prisoners with substance use disorders
A.677 – Authorizes Overdose Prevention Centers (safe injection sites)
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