I’ve heard it time and time again from people waging the battle against addiction: we need more treatment options. But today, those options are only dwindling in the face of ever-shrinking budgets, and the sad result is that those who need the help the most simply aren’t getting it,” said Angus King (I-ME). “It’s my hope that this common-sense legislation can help put a stop to that. By establishing a reliable stream of funding, this bill will bolster treatment facilities across the country, increase the amount of services available, and support people as they fight back against addiction – all while doing so in a cost-effective way. We must step up to lend a hand to those who need our help, and this bill does that.”The opioid milligram tax would fund:
- New addiction treatment centers, both residential and outpatient.
- Expanded access to long-term, residential treatment programs.
- Recruiting and increasing reimbursement for certified mental health providers providing substance abuse treatment.
- The establishment of and/or operating support programs that offer employment services, housing, and other support services to help recovering addicts reintegrate into society.
- The establishment of and/or operating substance abuse treatment programs in conjunction with Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts.
- The establishment of and/or operating facilities to provide care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.