The 2019 Indiana General Assembly adjourned on April 24, 2019. We are very excited to announce that Senate Bill 33 passed and is a significant step forward in the continuum of care for addiction in Indiana. Our Director Brandon George was a strong advocate for this accomplishment.
Senate Enrolled Act 33, Merritt (R-Indianapolis), Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove), Davisson (R-Salem) would establish Indiana’s Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Centers (CARC) certification to be administered by the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction with grants to assist in implementation. This critical new program is based on recently passed federal opioid reforms and would create a pathway for establishing, a CARC in the north, central and southern part of the state, so that residents have access to comprehensive evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
A CARC would allow patients to be connected, either on-site or through established referral networks, to a wide range of evidence-based, patient-centered treatment services as well as recovery support programs including, but not limited to: all forms of MAT; detoxification; counseling; residential rehabilitation; recovery housing; community-based and peer recovery support services; and job training and placement assistance. The passage of SEA 33 is a significant step forward in addiction treatment.