NCADD-NJ’s Road to Recovery Campaign
NCADD-NJ’s Road to Recovery campaign is a grassroots effort to highlight public policies that help individuals overcome addiction 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 in New Jersey. Taking a comprehensive public health approach to this growing problem is urgent.
NCADD-NJ successfully launched its Road to Recovery campaign in 2015, which saw victory in its first year when A.471 was signed into law permitting automatic expungement for individuals completing drug court; saw two victories in its second year when S.372 was enacted which requires review of core curriculum standards to include substance abuse for public school students, and S.384 became law to require jails and prisons to supply medication to inmates with chronic illnesses. These victories and others including the Overdose Prevention Act and Opportunity to Compete Act are due to the endless support of grassroots advocates working with decision makers.
ROAD TO RECOVERY VICTORIES!
NCADD-NJ’s Advocates already have grassroots victories for the Road to Recovery Campaign. The following bills have become law with the work our dedicated advocates have provided.
A.471 permits automatic expungement for individuals completing drug court.
A.2292/S.372 mandates substance misuse instruction developed in the state Department of Education for the core curriculum.
S.384 requires jails and prisons to supply medications to inmates for chronic illnesses
Here is a list of bills advocates are working on in the ongoing Road to Recovery Campaign
Naloxone (Narcan) Expansion:
New Jersey has made strides in making Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdose, more readily available for first responders and family members. We can continue to work together to get this life saving drug into as many hands as possible to get more individuals on the Road to Recovery by advocating for these bills.
A.2334/S.295 allows anyone to get Naloxone without a prescription.
S.1051 requires insurance payers to cover the costs of Naloxone and Buprenophine
S.2635/A.4177 requires high schools to stock Naloxone, authorizes school nurses to administer, and provides them with legal indemnification
Treating Addiction as a Health Issue:
NCADD-NJ believes that addressing addiction as a health issue can be the beginning of anyone’s Road to Recovery, regardless of their environment or health insurance status.
A.4498/S.2919 Expands health insurance coverage for behavioral health care services and enhances enforcement and oversight of mental health and addiction parity laws.
S.383 trains certain doctors in jails and prison on dealing with people with addictions
Remove Barriers to Sustain Recovery:
Once an individual is on the Road to Recovery, there are many obstacles. NCADD-NJ has identified bills that will help remove some of these common barriers in addition to establishing community environments where the recovery community can thrive.
A.3684 facilitates the establishment of four new peer-to-peer Recovery Community Centers in New Jersey
S.1687 provides for issuance of certificate of rehabilitation to certain offenders with substance abuse disorders.