ACTIONS & PROGRESS REPORT
An important pillar in his Next Level Agenda, attacking the drug crisis is a top priority for Governor Eric Holcomb. On the day he took office, he called for an “all hands on deck” approach to address the drug epidemic. Every day since, he’s been taking steps to prevent more people from becoming dependent on illicit substances, help Hoosiers access treatment and recover from substance use disorder, arrest and prosecute dealers whose actions cause harm, and reduce the risk of a future crisis of similar magnitude.
In response to Governor Holcomb’s call to action, many public and private partners have joined forces with us. Our Next Level Recovery initiatives have been amplified with federal support and funding. While we’re seeing encouraging signs of progress that demonstrate our efforts are having an impact, one life lost is too many, and there’s still much more to do.
2017 General Assembly Legislation
Establishes a pilot project to pay for OB/GYN doctors to be trained in prescribing drugs such as buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment.
Limits prescriptions to first-time patients and children. Provides an option for patients to accept less pills than prescribed.
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.
Creates a plan by 2018 to house and treat homeless Hoosiers who have a drug addiction, mental illness or combination of the two.
Supplies the framework for mobile treatment units to expand care in underserved parts of the state.
Develops a plan by January 1, 2018 to increase the number of inpatient and residential beds for detox and drug treatment in Indiana.
Allows municipalities to establish the syringe exchange programs without state approval.
Provides that Allen County may enter into an agreement with an entity to administer a residential substance abuse pilot program.
Requires prescribers to indicate when a patient has entered into a pain management agreement.
Audits the amount of money being spent to integrate INSPECT with electronic health record systems and asks a committee to study improvements to INSPECT.
Establishes a three year opioid treatment pilot program (pilot program) for opioid abuse disorder in Tippecanoe, Marion, and Wayne counties.
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.