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Merritt: Bill to improve addiction recovery treatment passes House

STATE HOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Today, a bill authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) that would help improve addiction recovery treatment in Indiana passed the House of Representatives unanimously.

Senate Bill 33 would establish the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Center (CARC) Grant Program, which would create three addiction recovery centers in the northern, central and southern regions of Indiana. CARC funds would be administered by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction.

“Drug addiction is destroying Hoosier lives and families in our local communities every day,” Merritt said. “Establishing CARCs would assist in the battle against addiction as well as provide better treatment services for those struggling. As a state, we need to continue to advance our resources and fight the ongoing drug epidemic.”

SB 33 would also require the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services to provide a report on Medicaid nonemergency medical transportation to the Legislative Council and present it to the State Budget Committee by Aug. 1, 2019.

SB 33 will now return to the Senate for further consideration.


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