Road to Recovery campaignis 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
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 three victories in its
second year when S.372 was
enacted which requires review of core curriculum standards to include substance
abuse instruction for public school students, S.384 became law to require jails and prisons to supply medication
to inmates with chronic illnesses, and S383
was adopted to train certain doctors in jails and prisons on dealing with people
with addictions. 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
NCADD-NJ has identified
legislation that, with your grassroots support, can save lives and encourage those
struggling with addiction to get well and become, like many in recovery,
productive members of our communities.
Finding and sustaining recovery can be hard, so focusing on public
policies that make the recovery process easier is a cause worth fighting for.
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
S.384 requires jails
and prisons to supply medications to inmates for chronic illnesses
S.383 trains certain
doctors in jails and prison on dealing with people with addictions
Here is a
list of bills advocates are working on in the ongoing Road to Recovery Campaign
Naloxone (Narcan) Expansion:
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
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:
believes that addressing addiction as a health issue can be the beginning of
anyone’s Road to Recovery,
regardless of their circumstances 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.
Remove Barriers to Sustain Recovery:
an individual is on the Road to Recovery,
there are many obstacles. These bills
will help remove some of these common barriers and establish environments in
which recovery can thrive.
A.3684 facilitates the establishment of four new
peer-to-peer Recovery Community Centers
A.4645/S.2950 Requires sending
district to allow student to transfer to recovery high school alternative
education, provided placement is considered clinically appropriate by alcohol
and drug counselor.
S.1687 provides for issuance of certificate of
rehabilitation to certain offenders with Substance Disorders.
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