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 urgent.
NCADD-NJ 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
high schools to stock naloxone, authorizes school nurses to administer, and
provides them with legal indemnification.
automatic expungement for individuals completing drug court.
substance misuse instruction developed in the stateDepartment
of Education for the Core Curriculum.
jails and prisons to supply medications to inmates for chronic illnesses.
certain doctors in jails and prison on dealing with people with addictions.
anyone to get naloxone without a prescription.
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
Addressing Addiction in Young People:
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
public and non public secondary schools to annually conduct written or verbal
substance use screening on all students using a particular screening program
Removing 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.
S.2330 allows persons who
complete a drug court program to qualify for a casino employee’s license.
(with amendments) removes prohibition on voting by persons convicted of indictable
offense who are on parole, probation, or incarcerated.
Addressing Addiction Recovery and Mental Health
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 communities.
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.216 requires police
training for interactions with persons who may have behavioral health issues.
Treat 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
S.1756 requires 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 Printable PDF can be found here