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[r68] Rep. McMillin honored as Public Policy Advocate of the Year
Start Date: 9/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 9/10/2013
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STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) recently received the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award for his work to reducing high recidivism among ex-offenders. The award was presented by Jill Matheny-Fuqua, Director of the IAIC at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award, and I’m grateful for the crucial role that Mental Health America of Indiana and Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition continues to play to rehabilitate and reintegrate ex-offenders back into society,” said Rep. McMillin. “As author of House Enrolled Act 1482, or the Second Chance Law, I understand that finding a job is important in the reintegration process as well as recovering mentally from the stigma that comes with having a criminal record. While I believe we should hold people accountable for their actions, in certain situations, we should allow for a second chance to occur.”

Developed by the IAIC, a subsidiary of Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI), the Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award recognizes elected officials that reflect the IAIC’s mission which is to promote addiction recovery through advocacy, public education and service. Believing that addiction is a treatable disease and that long-term recovery is possible, the organization works to educate and advocate on behalf of people with addictive disorders; those in recovery and those who have not yet found recovery.

“Representative Jud McMillin has long understood the collateral consequences of having a felony on one’s record. We applaud his efforts to assist Hoosiers who have found long-term recovery and deserve a second chance,” said Jill Matheny-Fuqua.

The Second Chance Law, which strengthens IAIC’s mission, is designed to help reduce high recidivism among ex-offenders by allowing courts to eliminate or expunge certain low-level, non-violent and non-sexual misdemeanor or felony charges as a means to get back to work.

“Clearly, the criminalization of minor drug offenses negatively impacts the individuals involved as well as society as a whole,” said Steve McCaffrey, President of MHAI.  “Treatment may be much more appropriate for those with mental health and addiction issues and at the same time save the state dollars on incarceration.”

Visit www.in.gov/legislative for more information regarding HEA 1482 or contact Jill Matheny-Fuqua at jfuqua@mhai.net for more information about the IAIC’s Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award.

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Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov
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