NCADD-NJ’s Road to
Recovery Campaign is a grassroots effort to highlight public policies that help
individuals overcome addiction or mental illness through life- saving
intervention, education, and treatment, as well as remove common barriers to
living healthy lives in recovery. Addiction is a disease that touches many
lives. Taking a comprehensive public health approach to this growing problem is
has identified legislation that can save lives and encourage those struggling
with addiction or mental health issues to get well and become, like many in
recovery, productive members of our communities. Finding and sustaining
recovery can be hard, so focusing on policies that make long term recovery
easier is a cause worth fighting for with your grassroots support.
Advocates already have
grassroots victories for the Road to Recovery Campaign. The following bills
have become law with the work of our dedicated advocates.
ROAD TO RECOVERY VICTORIES!
A.471permits automatic expungement for individuals completing
drug court. A.2292/S.372mandates substance misuse instruction developed
in the state Department of Education for the Core Curriculum.
jails and prisons to supply medications to inmates for chronic illnesses.
S.383trains certain doctors in jails and prison on dealing
with people with addictions.
A.2334/S.295allows anyone to get naloxone without a
(adopted) provides for issuance of
certificate of work suitability to certain offenders including those with
substance use disorders.
Here is a
list of bills advocates are working on in the ongoing Road to Recovery Campaign
Addiction in Young People:
Addiction and overdoses are preventable.
Addiction and overdoses are on the rise in young people. Helping our young
people where they are being educated is urgent and can save lives.
S.491requires public and non public secondary
schools to annually conduct written or verbal substance use screening on all
students using a particular screening program (SBIRT).
A.542/S.1830requires high schools to stock naloxone,
authorizes school nurses to administer, and provides them with legal
Barriers & Expanding Recovery Support in our Communities:
Once an individual is on the Road to Recovery
there are obstacles. These bills will help remove common barriers and
establish communities and policies where people in recovery can thrive.
A.1467facilitates the establishment of four new peer-to-peer
Recovery Community Centers.
A.3456/S.2100(with amendments) removes prohibition on
voting by persons convicted of indictable offense who are on parole, probation,
Recovery and Mental Health Together:
The majority of people struggling with
addiction also struggle with a mental health issue. Stigma of those struggling
has led to discriminatory policies, and the need for additional education and
tactics to help those on the front lines of addressing these illnesses in our
A.2031/S.1339ensures health insurance coverage for
behavioral health care services and enhances oversight and enforcement of
mental health and addiction parity laws.
A.216requires police training for
interactions with persons who may have behavioral health issues.
Addiction as a Health Condition:
We must continue to take a comprehensive health
approach to the addiction crisis. Here are a few bills that would assist in
prevention, treatment and recovery efforts as a health issue.
S.1756requires health benefits coverage for
buprenorphine and naloxone under certain conditions.
A.3292/S.2244requires prescription opioid medications
include warning sticker advising patients of the risk of addiction and overdose
If you have any questions or would like more
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