Indiana legislation would ensure quality of opioid treatment

The Indiana House of Representatives recently approved House Bill 1225, a bill that would ensure people entering opioid treatment programs are working with quality, evidence-based centers.

It would require opioid treatment programs to submit reports annually to the General Assembly confirming they are operating safely.

The bill also changes how opioid treatment programs that commit certain violations are penalized. Under current law, an opioid treatment program can be penalized only once, even if they have multiple violations. The penalty is a fine of up to $10,000.

House Bill 1225 would allow a penalty of $10,000 for each violation.

The change would ensure centers follow patient care guidelines, including those recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Those overcoming substance abuse disorder must be surrounded with the care needed at their level and stage of recovery,” state Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) said. “This bill aims to support those on the path to recovery, the community, and family members who want to be sure their loved one is getting the best possible care.”

Opioid treatment facilities provide evidence-based options for people struggling with addiction. The programs provide patients with treatment and help them maintain a substance-free life.

The bill moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Melina Druga

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