Put treatment first with the Pathways to Recovery Act.
The Pathways to Recovery Act would:
- Expand access to solutions that work. Increase state funding for substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs. Remove health insurance barriers, since Medicaid and private insurance currently don’t cover treatment and recovery services while people are incarcerated.
- Use public health-based approaches first, instead of arrest and prosecution. Eliminate penalties for personal use drug offenses and connect people with the right services to address the root causes of their substance use disorder, helping them get back on track. Existing criminal penalties for selling or manufacturing illegal drugs remain in place.
- Enhance public health education about substance use disorder. Expand resources for statewide education about substance use and how people can get help for themselves or loved ones.