Advocacy Alert: June 2023 Legislative News Round Up
July 6, 2023
Many of these are news stories regarding legislation, so once a month we send out a 'news roundup' of related news stories we've posted. Unless otherwise stated, BHAP has no official stance on any of these stories: the intention is to share so that we're all better informed as to what's happening in the legislative world.
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OR | Oregon bill would provide prisoners substance use and mental health treatment
Oregon Rep. Maxine Dexter, D- Portland, says the lack of treatment means that adults in custody are losing their constitutional right to health care while incarcerated.
MT | Bill to provide $300 million to state mental health services gets signed
Montana’s behavioral health system will get an infusion of $300 million with the signing of a bill passed last legislative session.
AL | Suicide, crisis hotline bill moves out of Alabama Senate committee, stalls in House
A bill to fund the Alabama 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline remains in a House committee following disagreements over funding.
NJ | Push to give NJ firefighters critical mental health assistance
Legislation would allow firefighters and family members to receive confidential psychiatric services.
NC | How to spend $1 billion to improve North Carolina’s mental health system
The state House has developed a wide-ranging plan to pay for mental health needs with part of the $1.7 billion federal ‘signing bonus’ the state expects to receive for expanding Medicaid.
Senate Judiciary advances bill targeting addiction recovery centers’ ‘patient brokering’
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill Thursday morning that attempts to protect people addicted to drugs and alcohol from deceptive marketing tactics used by treatment providers.
Next step in tackling opioid crisis in America? Going after fentanyl’s global supply chain.
“Of course it’s going to be expensive. But not as expensive as the damage that has been done,” said Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio of his FEND Off Fentanyl legislation.
MD | How to talk to your teen about cannabis legalization in Maryland
Maryland’s recreational cannabis law applies to those age 21 and older and comes nearly a decade after the General Assembly legalized medical marijuana.
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