STATEHOUSE (April 11, 2017) – Two bills authored by State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) were approved by the Senate this week and will now move to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his consideration.
Senate Enrolled Act 231 establishes the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for crisis intervention teams, which will help law enforcement agencies and mental health and drug abuse addiction organizations train for interacting with individuals with mental illnesses.
“Situations involving those with mental illnesses and drug addictions are sometimes unpredictable,” Crider said. “That’s why this bill is so important. With TAC and the crisis intervention teams, law enforcement will be adequately trained on the best ways to approach these sensitive encounters. The grants provided under the bill will be especially helpful to our rural areas.”
Senate Enrolled Act 243 creates the Physician Medication Assisted Treatment Training Reimbursement Pilot Program, which is aimed at reimbursing physicians who are trained to treat those addicted to opioids in areas other than an opioid treatment facility.
“Drug addiction is a serious issue in our state that is affecting many Hoosiers’ lives,” Crider said. “Those who need the most help might not have the resources necessary to be treated for their addiction. This bill will encourage doctors to further their training to treat people outside of drug addiction programs.”
SEA 243 also creates the maternal neonatal opioid addiction project to help treat opioid-addicted pregnant women and their newborn children.
The latest version of the bills can be found here.
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