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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 21, 2019 10:39 AM
From: Representative F. Todd Polinchock
To: All House members
Subject: Chain of Care for People Struggling With an Addiction
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution calling for the Joint State Government Committee to form a task force and advisory committee to study ways the Commonwealth can forge the next link in the chain of care for people struggling with an addiction.

I’m sure you have heard from volunteer emergency services personnel in your community about how frequently life-saving Narcan is used to rescue the same individuals repeatedly. Many of our areas are trying their best to tailor the next steps to assure people initiate treatment to help them on the path to recovery.

The Human Services Committee held a public hearing on Rep. Heffley’s legislation providing for a warm hand-off to treatment. There was consensus among the presenters who recommended that we start now to conduct the work necessary to assure that there are adequate detox and treatment resources across the continuum of care so the entire Commonwealth is positioned to help people who are afflicted with a substance use disorder.

To quote one of our presenters: “tomorrow may be too late!” Please consider joining me in co-sponsorship of this needed resolution.

Introduced as HR216