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Indiana Initiatives

Governor Holcomb’s Agenda

Governor Eric J. Holcomb made attacking the drug epidemic one of the five pillars on his agenda. His first action in office was to create a position to tackle the drug crisis, appointing Jim McClelland as Indiana’s first Executive Director of Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, which is a cabinet position that reports directly to Governor Holcomb. Executive Director McClelland is carrying out the strategic approach he formulated after months of listening to the concerns of the community and researching best practices to overcome the crisis in Indiana.

2017 General Assembly Legislation

SEA 243

Establishes a pilot project to pay for OB/GYN doctors to be trained in prescribing drugs such as buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment.

SEA 226

Limits prescriptions to first-time patients and children. Provides an option for patients to accept less pills than prescribed.

SEA 446

Sets up a pilot project to provide opioid treatment to pregnant women and mothers of newborns at three locations in Indiana: Indianapolis, Winchester and southern Indiana.

SEA 242

Creates a plan by 2018 to house and treat homeless Hoosiers who have a drug addiction, mental illness or combination of the two.

HEA 1541

Supplies the framework for mobile treatment units to expand care in underserved parts of the state.

SEA 156

Develops a plan by January 1, 2018 to increase the number of inpatient and residential beds for detox and drug treatment in Indiana.

HEA 1438

Allows municipalities to establish the syringe exchange programs without state approval.

SEA 510

Provides that Allen County may enter into an agreement with an entity to administer a residential substance abuse pilot program.

SEA 151

Requires prescribers to indicate when a patient has entered into a pain management agreement.

SEA 408

Audits the amount of money being spent to integrate INSPECT with electronic health record systems and asks a committee to study improvements to INSPECT.

SEA 499

Establishes a three year opioid treatment pilot program (pilot program) for opioid abuse disorder in Tippecanoe, Marion, and Wayne counties.

HEA 1006

Ensures residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction are certified and meet standards determined by the division of mental health and addiction.

Cures Act provides Indiana with federal funding.

The 21st Century Cures Act provides Indiana with $10.9 million in funding. Health and Human Services prioritized five specific strategies to combat the ongoing opioid crisis: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research.

Indiana created a project narrative and a budget to put this money to work.

Letters of Intent

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